Nigeria Nations CUp

Champions Nigeria celebrate their first nations cup since 1994.

Another impressive South African tournament in the books even if the hosts’ involvement was a short one. The former dominance of the North Africans has officially been ceded to the West Africans. Not only did Nigeria win but runners-up Burkina Faso, Mali and Ghana were head and shoulders above the rest of the competition.

African soccer is on the rise and the leadership of Nigerian coach Steven Keshi and his Ghanaian counterpart should not be ignored. Now African countries know they don’t need European guidance to win. This is my team of the tournament, leave all grievances in the comments.

I put an unconventional formation in a 3-4-3 with Keshi as coach. The man is a natural leader and made the changes no other Nigerian coach was willing to make. Six of his squad was home based and only 5 played in previous tournaments. Reputation  meant little to him and his judgement payed in full.  

Nigeria’s Enyeama was an impressive shot stopper among many during the tournament. If Ghana had made it further Duada would have been in the side.

In the back Bakary Kone, Nando Maria Neves and Efe Ambrose. Neves is the only player not from one of the final four teams.

The midfield houses the stars of the tournament. Jonathan Pitroipa of Burkina Faso was named player of the tournament and plays on the wing. Mubarak Wakaso from Ghana, was impressive in every game he played would be on the right, when he’s not scoring penalties. In the center Mikel Obi and Seydou Keita keep the ball.

Up front the three Nigerians put the goals away. Victor Moses, Sunday Mba and standout Emmanuel Emenike. Their contributions went beyond the Ghana’s profligate captain and Aristade Bance who lacked service to get beyond Nigeria’s scoring unit.

Goalkeeper

Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria)
Defenders

Bakary Koné (Burkina Faso)
Nando Maria Neves (Cape Verde Islands)
Efe Ambrose (Nigeria)
Midfielders

Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso)
Wakaso Mubarak (Ghana)
Seydou Keita (Mali)
John Obi Mikel (Nigeria
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Strikers

Victor Moses (Nigeria)
Sunday Mba (Nigeria)
Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria)

But you watched the games. What do you think? Who makes your team.large_4586307007

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