Paul Put has achieved a football miracle with Burkina Faso no matter what happens when the pre-tournament no-hopers tackle Nigeria at the Afcon final.
Superstars have fizzled. Nobodies have sizzled. Here is the Mail & Guardian's team of the tournament.
A strong Nigeria team and surprising Burkina Faso outfit have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations final, both looking to lift the trophy.
Seydou Keita's perseverance has given Mali a 1-0 win over Niger and the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 tournament its first goal.
While Niger hope their fortune changes as they aim to end a losing streak, psychics have chosen Ghana to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
South Africans were justifiably angry -- national broadcaster SABC failed to secure the rights for the match between Bafana Bafana and Niger.
Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane says he is disappointed they lost against Niger but says the team played well and he is still proud.
Bafana Bafana are confident they will hand Niger their first home defeat in more than three years in an African Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday.