We Did It!!! Iwobi Scores The Only Goal As Super Eagles Of Nigeria Beat Zambia 1- 0, We Have Now Officially Qualified For The 2018 Wold Cup
The win which sees Super Eagles to be the first African team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after beating Zambia was secured by Iwobi’s only goal at 74th minute.
Gernot Rohr’s men humbled their Zambian visitors at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, following an impressive performance against Cameroon.
In a high tempo first half, Zambia thought they had taken the lead when Augustin Mulenga bundled home but his 23rd-minute effort was disallowed for offside.
The Super Eagles peppered the Zambian goal with shots in the closing minutes of the first half, but skipper Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo and Moses Simon all failed to trouble Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.
Nigeria were the brighter of the two teams after the break as Wilfred Ndidi saw his looping header pushed away by Mweene.
The Eagles carved out the better chances, although Zambia looked dangerous on the counter-attack until Iwobi settled the affair and sent Nigeria to the World Cup finals.
With the victory, the three-time African champions are leading the group with 13 points from five games, while Zambia sit second with seven points from the same number of games.
On the other hand, Cameroon are third in the group with six points and Algeria with just one point, both from five games.
It will be Nigeria’s sixth appearance at the World Cup tournament.
Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has named the same starting line-up for the third successive 2018 World Cup qualifying game.
Rohr will send out the same team, that defeated Cameroon 4-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo and drew 1-1 in Yaounde last month, against the Chipolopolo on Saturday.
This means Odion Ighalo will lead Nigeria’s attack and will be supported from the flanks by Victor Moses and Simon Moses.
Home-based Ikechukwu Ezenwa retains his place in his goal, while the Leon Balogun-William Troost-Ekong partnership start in central defence.
Kick-off is 5pm.
DF: Shehu, Balogun, Troost, Elderson
MDF: Onazi, Mikel (c), Ndidi
FWD: Simon, Ighalo, Moses
Nigeria Now Leads 1- 0
84′ another chance but victor moses shoot wide
FULL TIME… WE WON
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