The Super Eagles of Nigeria tonight emerged the African soccer champions after narrowly beating Burkina Faso by a lone goal.
The match was a repeat of the group C preliminary match that ended in a one all draw.
Zambia was also in group C together with with Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia.
This year’s champion will also represent Africa at next year’s Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Zambia’s chipolopolo were booted out in the first round of the competition and became the first champions to bow out in the first round since 1992.
Nigeria ended a 19-year wait for another Africa Cup of Nations title by defeating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final at the National Stadium in Soweto on Sunday night.
Locally-based youngster Sunday Mba scored the only goal of the game five minutes before half time, and he will go down in Super Eagles folklore regardless of what he does in the rest of his career.
As for Burkina Faso, they fought hard but were ultimately outclassed by the Super Eagles, though they deserve credit for a fantastic showing as one of the surprise packages of the 2013 tournament.
Both sides struggled to find a rhythm of play in the first half, though Nigeria settled quicker and created a couple of decent early chances.