The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final will foster an epic clash between Nigeria and Burkina Faso on Sunday, and it will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa's First National Bank Stadium.
For those eagerly staring at the watch ticks in preparation to watch this, United States fans should know that the match will not be broadcast on TV. Thanks to the innovative live stream, though, it is still possible to view in real time what promises to be an outstanding, impassioned football showcase.
Out of the 16-team field, these two clubs have emerged as the cream of the crop. Although Burkina Faso beat out Nigeria to win Group C, the Super Eagles are on a roll after a 4-1 thumping of Mali.
Here is a breakdown of where to watch this captivating conclusion to the tournament, as well as some predictions as to how the match will play out.
Where: FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
When: Sunday, Feb. 10 at 12:50 p.m. ET
Watch: EuroSport (Live stream in U.S.)
Live Stream: ESPN3
Nigeria Player to Watch: Brown Ideye
The precocious 24-year-old may be the only one on the Super Eagles' front line to play in this one, and he must step up and deliver on the biggest stage.
A positive development was that Ideye logged his first goal in the semifinals at 30', which should help his confidence heading into this match.
The health of leading goal scorer Emmanuel Emenike is in question, as he suffered a thigh injury in the semifinal. He was the only player on Nigeria to find the net in the first matchup between these two clubs.
And unfortunately, explosive forward Victor Moses has officially been ruled out with a torn muscle in his right leg, according to the Osun Defender.
If Emenike is out in addition to Moses, it will be extremely difficult for the Super Eagles to muster much offensively against such a resilient team in Burkina Faso. The Stallions have given up just one goal over their previous two matches.
Nigeria's cause may be helped should injured standout Burkina Faso defender Mohamed Koffi not be able to play (h/t Reuters via Yahoo!), although he hasn't been ruled out as of yet.
With Nigeria's attack being shorthanded, it will be up to Ideye to be the catalyst if the Super Eagles are to hold the trophy Sunday evening.
Burkina Faso Player to Watch: Jonathan Pitroipa
After two yellow cards in the semifinal thriller against Ghana, it appeared that the speedy winger would not be able to play for the Stallions in the final.
However, a report on Saturday by Jose-Amed Kouyate of AllAfrica.com indicated that Pitroipa had won his appeal and will take the field in Johannesburg. It was somewhat of an expected outcome, considering the referee that carded him, Slim Jdidi, was suspended by the Confederation of African Football for poor performance.
That's especially huge, since leading scorer Alain Traore won't be able to participate in the final (h/t MTNFootball.com).
As far as what to expect from Pitroipa in the match, he has shown a flair for the dramatic. In the knockout phase, he broke a scoreless deadlock in the 105th minute with his third goal of the tournament.
Pitroipa's quickness and knack for setting up the counterattack with his fantastic speed should give Nigeria headaches, especially since Super Eagles tend to get sloppy on defense at times.
The Super Eagles will have their work cut out in trying to contain Pitroipa when the Stallions press on Nigeria's side of the pitch.
Doubt surrounds the talented Nigeria club due to Emenike's ailing leg. The determination Burkina Faso has displayed to get to this point has been impressive to say the least, which makes it difficult not to give the Stallions the nod.
Everything seems to be falling in Burkina Faso's favor, while the certain loss of Moses is a big blow to the Super Eagles.
The excitement and last-minute nail-biters that defined the Stallions in the quarters and semis are likely to carry over here. These clubs opened the Nations Cup with a 1-1 draw in which Burkina Faso star Traore notched the equalizer at 90' +4.
Traore won't be available for this one, but look for the Stallions to do just enough to pull this one out while keeping a clean sheet.
Final score: Burkina Faso 1, Nigeria 0
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