Nigeria (1) Defeats Zambia (0) To Qualify For FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

by Samuel Abasi Posted on October 7th, 2017

Nigeria’s Super Eagles today, October 7, became the first African side to qualify for the 2018 edition of the FIFA world cup in Russia, having defeated Zambia by a lone unreplied goal, at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo.

Nigeria counter after a corner kick from the 71st minute. Iwobi did well to keep the ball in and drive forward. He waited for support which he gets from Moses, and releases the pass, Moses spreads it to Ighalo who is in a good position to strike but he delays his effort and he is dispossessed. Iwobi then picked up the ball and Iwobi scored from close range to send Nigeria to Russia 2018.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria, were just one win away from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as they faced the Chipolopolo stars of Zambia on Saturday, October 7, at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo.

Nigeria got off to a bright start in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign on October 9 last year when they defeated Zambia 2-1 to pick up their first ever away win against the Chipolopolo stars in a competitive game.

The Super Eagles thereafter went on to maintain their unbeaten run in the qualifying series but face a tough test today against the Zambians who are just three points behind them in Group B.

Including today’s game, there have now been nineteen matches in all between both teams at the senior level with the Super Eagles winning eight, Zambia winning five, and both countries playing draws on six different occasions.

Zambia last tasted victory against Nigeria in a competitive football match at senior level 32 years ago. However, the team will be relying on the experience of Mamelodi Sundowns’ Kennedy Mweene, and the finishing ability of young striker Patson Daka to beat the Super Eagles in their own backyard.

Nigeria are on a run of 35 FIFA World Cup qualifiers without defeat, having not been beaten since losing to Angola in 2004 – with Germany 2006 the only finals they have missed in over two decades.

Nigeria have appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on five occasions, the first being in 1994 where they reached the second round. They made their fifth appearance at the finals in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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