Top scorer Emenike fails to make final for Nigeria

Top scorer Emenike fails to make final for Nigeria
By Reuters

11/02/2013 at 04:31Updated 11/02/2013 at 04:32

A hamstring injury has ruled Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike out of Sunday's African Nations Cup final, denying him a chance to finish as the tournament's outright leading scorer.

But Victor Moses, who had been doubtful for the match, will play for Nigeria against Burkina Faso at Soccer City.

Emenike suffered a hamstring injury in Nigeria's 4-1 semi-final win over Mali after he had scored his fourth goal of the tournament giving him the same number as Ghana striker Mubarak Wakaso, who played his last game on Saturday.

Emenike is replaced by Spanish-based striker Ike Uche.

There is again no place in the Nigeria side for captain Joseph Yobo, dropped after the first match.

Burkina Faso have included Jonathan Pitroipa, whose suspension for his red card in the semi-final win over Ghana was rescinded by the Confederation of African Football on Friday.