January 24 2018

Alex Iwobi's Goal Sends Nigeria to Russian Federation 2018

January 24 2018, 01:46 | Sammy Rose

Alex Iwobi's Goal Sends Nigeria to Russian Federation 2018

Abdullahi Shehu

Nigeria's Super Eagles have qualified for the 2018 World Cup after securing a hard fought 1-0 victory over Zambia on Saturday.

The Super Eagles, with an away-match left to play against the Algerian national team, has already qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russian Federation.

The first half ended goal less.

Rohr said he was happy that his team won and qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, explaining, however, that the team would take the remaining matches seriously.

Without Onazi's snappy tackling, Nigeria's control of the midfield loosened, leaving Zambia room to roam free as Agu consistently lost tackles, then resorted to fouling and picked up a yellow card within five minutes of coming on.

Nigeria have amassed an unassailable 13 points after the 1-0 win against Zambia who maintain second position with seven points. "Having delivered the "baby World Cup" in 1985, we hope that Buhari will deliver the main World Cup in 2018".

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.

Drawn with Algeria and Ivory Coast in the final round of qualifying, which featured three groups of three teams, Nigeria were aiming to reach their first World Cup.

Cheikh Ndoye put the cherry on top with a second goal deep into stoppage time, which did Senegal's goal-difference no harm as they top the group on eight points. Now playing in the Chinese Super League, he has 100 caps for the Super Eagles well within his sights.

Despite the win, Nigeria will still play the last match against Algeria.

Arsenal youngster, Alex Iwobi came off the substitute bench to score the back breaker in the 73rd minute against the bemused Zambians.

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