According to the list released few hours after Nigeria grabbed the trophy for the 2013 African Cup of Nations, Nigeria occupied 5 out of 11 slots on the CAF list.
On the list are Nigeria’s Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, defender Efe Ambrose, midfielder Mikel Obi and forwards Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike were selected to complete the team which also has Cape Verde Island’s Nando Maria Neves, Mali’s Seydou Keita, Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa, Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan and Ivory Coast’s Arouna Koné and Siaka Tiéné.
Emenike, who won the Top Scorer award with four goals, was elated after the victory despite not playing in the final game due to injury.
He said, “Even though I did not play, I felt the pressure as if I was on the pitch. Starting from the beginning, Nigerians didn’t believe in us but I thank God today that we’re the champions. I’m so excited right now. I just want Nigerians to give us more time to get stronger.”
The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated Burkina Faso in the final game on February 10, 2013, lifting the cup for the third time following successes in 1980 and 1994.