Final match Nigeria Vs Burkina Faso at the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa - If their past encounters are anything to reckon with, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be overwhelming favourites to win Sunday's s final match against Burkina Faso at the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa.
In 12 encounters spanning 49 years and in diverse cities of Lagos, Ouagadougou, Monrovia and Nelspruit, Burkina Faso has found Nigeria invincible.
Their latest clash was barely three weeks ago at the Mbombela Stadium where Burkina Faso celebrated a 1-1 draw while Nigeria mourned.
Not only have Nigerian teams dominated Burkina Faso, the scorelines were often very wide. Consider the 6-1 defeat of Burkina Faso (then known as Upper Volta) on 29 December, 1964, at the qualifying series of the first All-Africa Games.
That was followed by another 4-0 defeat on 27 November, 1971, by a newly assembly Green Eagles that had no fewer than five debutants, including brace scorer, Mathias Obianika.
Also on 27 July, 1991, the Super Eagles unleashed terror on the Burkinabes, winning 7-1 in a game in which Finidi George made his debut and Rashidi Yekini scored four goals.
Nigeria’s defeat of Burkina Faso is not limited to home games alone. In Ouagadougou, Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 2-1 to pave the way for the eventual qualification for the France ’98 World Cup.
At the African Nations Cup in Ghana in 1978, Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 4-2 after an initial 4-0 lead that was punctuated by constant blackout of a flood-lit match. The blackout broke the rhythm of the Nigerian team.
The best result that Burkina Faso had in encounters with Nigeria was a draw. Those were the 3-3 draw in a friendly match in Ouagadougou in 1972, the 1-1 draw at home in an African Nations Cup qualifier as well as the recent 1-1 draw in Nelspruit.
Here now is their HEAD-TO-HEAD:-
Team P W D L F A
Nigeria --- 12 9 3 0 34 10
Burkina Faso --- 12 0 3 9 10 34