Sunday Mba fired Nigeria to Africa Cup of Nations glory with the only goal of an enthralling final against Burkina Faso on Sunday evening.
Mali earned their second successive AFCON bronze as they dispatched Ghana 3-1 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
Nigeria and Burkina Faso will clash at the National Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday to decide the winner of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Mali and Ghana will lock horns for a fourth time in two AFCON tournaments in the 2013 third-and-fourth-place play-off on Saturday.
Burkina Faso will compete in their first-ever AFCON final after their 3-2 penalty shoot-out win over Ghana on Wednesday in Nelspruit.
Nigeria hardly gave it their all as they whipped Mali 4-1 in their AFCON semi-final match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday.
Burkina Faso head into their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final with Ghana as underdogs but with a significant advantage.
Nigeria will be looking to end their run of third-place finishes at AFCON when they take on Mali in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
Jonathan Pitroipa's headed extra-time goal sealed Burkina Faso's passage to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals at the expense of Togo.
A fortuitous strike by Sunday Mba gave Nigeria a historic win against Ivory Coast and a place in the semi-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.
Mali booked their place in the AFCON semi-finals thanks to a penalty shoot-out victory over South Africa after the 120 minutes ended 1-1.
Ghana weathered a late Cape Verdean storm for a 2-0 victory and became the first team to book their place in the 2013 AFCON semi-finals.
Cote d'Ivoire and Nigeria will clash in a mouth-watering Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.
Burkina Faso and Togo will do battle on the imperfect pitch of the Mbombela Stadium for a place in the semi-finals of the 2013 AFCON.