Iwobi’s lone strike sends Nigeria to 6th World Cup final
…became 1st African nation to qualify for Russian 2018 World Cup
Nigeria on Saturday qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after beating Chipolopolo of Zambia 1-0 at home in Godswill Akpbabio International Stadium Uyo, Akwa Ibom, in the group B.
It was jubilation galore for all Nigerians after the center Referee blasted the whistle to signal the end of the encounter.
A lone goal from Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi, who came in as a substitute for Moses Simon, was only what super eagles of Nigeria needed to qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The victory means Nigeria last game in the group against Algeria will be just for mere formality as the Super Eagles have booked their place in Russia and will be making their sixth appearance at the tournament.
The 2014 reigning African champions, thus, march on to their sixth World Cup finals having also featured at the 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014 tournaments.
Although, the Super Eagles’ display on Saturday inside the Nest of champion stadium, Uyo was laboured, until Iwobi’s goal in the 73rd minutes, when he received a pass from Shehu Abdullahi to score the only goal of the day.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria with one away match to go in the group stage seats firmly on top of the group B with 13 points, Zambia 7 points while Cameroon and Algeria taking the back seat respectively.
Meanwhile, Nigeria remained the first African Country in the continent to joined the like of Russia the Hosts, Brazil, Iran, South Korea, Japan,Saudi Arabia,Germany, England amongst other to compete for the World Cup trophy when 2018 World Cup kick-off.