Nigeria are through to the 2018 World Cup finals after a hard-fought win over stubborn Chipolopolo of Zambia, thanks to Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi awesome strike for Nigeria 17 minutes from full time to help Nigeria to a 1-0 win which sealed their passage to the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
It was a pulsating, nail-gnawing and tension doused encounter for the Super Eagles and a truly hard-fought win for Gernot Rohr led team. The Chipolopolo, of course, fought the Super Eagles from start to finish as Moses, Ighalo, Mikel and Simon all sweated throughout in what seems to be like fighting tons of celestial armies.
Gernot Rohr at that point introduced in Arsenal’s forward Alex Iwobi who promptly affirmed himself in by making a brilliant run before intersecting the ball to Moses who released the ball to Ighalo but the former Watford forward wriggled his way wrongfully and the opportunity was squandered.
The Eagles were tenacious in their search for the vital goal and it came when Shehu Abdullahi was released on the right side, he dashed through and loathed a low cross into the Zambian box, Iwobi latched onto it on time and broke the deadlock sending the whole Uyo crowd into a joyful, rapturous and electrifying jubilation.
The lone goal was enough to see Nigeria progress to the World Cup in Russia, as the three points imply they now have 13 points, a tally that can’t be coordinated by any team in their group.
Nigeria’s final World Cup Qualifiers will be against Algeria in Algiers, while Zambia will go up against Cameroon for a consolation.
— CAF (@CAF_Online) October 7, 2017
Nigeria: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Elderson Echiejile, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Moses Simon
Zambia: Kennedy Mweene, Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu, Ziyo Tembo, Stophila Sunzu, Kondwani Mtonga, Enock Mwepu, Chisamba Lungu, Augustin Mulenga, Fashion Sakala, Alex N’gonga