The Super Eagles of Nigeria triumphed over Mali 4-1 to qualify for the final of AFCON 2013.
Goals from Elderson Echiejile, Brown Ideye, Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa ensured that the 2-time champions stopped Mali, who grabbed a consolation through Cheick Diarra from playing for the first time in the final of the Nations Cup.
Nigeria will now play in the final for the first time in 13 years, the last time out was on home soil and in that match they lost to Cameroon on penalties.
Meanwhile, Burkina Faso created an upset to reach the final of the Nations Cup for the first, when the beat Ghana after an extended play which culminated in a penalty.
Both team deserved to win, but poor officiating marred the match, the referee made many false calls, but definitely wasn’t favoring any off the sides.
90 minutes ended 1-1 with Mubarak Wakaso scoring for Ghana via a debatable penalty, Aristide Bance equalised for Burkina Faso.
None of the teams scored during the extra period of play, but Burkina Faso did get a red card, when Pitroipa was shown a second yellow card for allegedly simulating a fall.
The ensuing penalty kick ended 3-2 in favour of Burkina Faso.