Nigeria qualifies for South Africa 2013 final

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have qualified for the final of the African cup of nations in South Africa. The former champions defeated the 'Eagles' of Mali by 4-1 in Durban.

The semi final match started with plenty of errors from both sides. There were a lot of uncompleted passes. Despite the slow start to the game,Nigeria's Mikel Obi was the first player to have a meaningful goal attempt. His well taken shot drifted off the target by some few inches.

Victor Moses' effort was equally blocked by the Malians. However, the Chelsea player broke down the right flank and lost his marker with nice dribbles. Elderson Echiejile produced a flying header that gave Nigeria the lead.

Some few minutes later,Emmanuel Emenike released Brown Ideye with an inch-perfect cross that was bundled in by the ex-Bordeaux striker.

Emenike stepped up to fire a free kick that was deflected by Sissoko to make it 3-0 at half time.

The war-turned Malians tried to score an early goal in the second half, but it was the Nigerians that jubilated again.

Ahmed Musa latched on to the ball from the midfield before putting the ball between the legs of the Malian keeper.

The 'Eagles' managed to score a consolatory goal in the 75th minute.

Vincent Enyeama made some stunning saves to keep Nigeria in the game.

The AFCON final will be played on Sunday in Johannesburg. This is Nigeria's first appearance in the final since 2000.