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Memorable quotes from AFCON 2013

SHEYI-TOGOSOWETO, South Africa, February 11 – The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations ended Sunday with Nigeria taking the title and AFP reviews who said what during the three-week competition:

You don’t want to know what was going through my mind in the last few minutes — Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi after a tense finish to a 1-0 final win over Burkina Faso

You have to be big when you lose and small when you win — Burkina Faso coach Paul Put reacting with dignity in defeat

It feels great — this is my sixth Nations Cup, and my last. I was praying to God I could win it. I feel so blessed, so grateful to God — emotional Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo on what it meant to be handed the trophy

There were a lot of doubters when I first arrived in Ouagadougou to take up my post. I believe many were hoping for a Jose Mourinho-type coach, not Paul Put — Put on initial reactions to his appointment

Everyone realised that this referee did not officiate well — CAF president Issa Hayatou on Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi’s bad day at the office in the Burkina Faso-Ghana semi-final

The fact that Burkina made the final is a positive sign for the development of football in Africa — Hayatou again on the improbable Burkinabe journey in South Africa

I want to kiss him! — Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi after unheralded Sunday Mba scored the winner to put them into the semi-finals at the expense of Ivory Coast

It is over — Didier Drogba’s terse evaluation of his Africa Cup of Nations career which ended in frustration when Ivory Coast failed to justify their favourite’s tag for the fifth consecutive tournament

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The coach was not a help! Me, I was on the pitch, so I couldn’t do both jobs (coaching and playing) — Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor’s bleak appraisal of coach Didier Six’s contribution to the quarter-finalists’ campaign

My boys lost with dignity, pride and passion — South Africa coach Gordon Igesund after the hosts’ last-eight defeat to Mali

KEITA-BRONZEI get goosebumps when speaking of Mali. There is nothing that compares with the joy of giving to a country that is suffering — Mali captain Seydou Keita’s emotional take on how his semi-finalists have helped lift the mood back home where Malian, African and French troops are confronting Islamist extremists

The worst pitch in South Africa — Nigeria captain Vincent Enyeama’s scathing critique of the Nelspruit ground

The pitch wasn’t awful, it was the colour of the grass which wasn’t good — CAF president Issa Hayatou defends the much-maligned Mbombela Stadium surface

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