Published on Oct 07, 2017 Greenbarge Reporters
Nigeria has booked a ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russia as the nation’s senior football team, the Super Eagles, today in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State, defeated the Chipolopolo of Zambia 1-0.
The sweat-soaked game was played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
With this victory, Nigeria has emerged the 12th team in the world to qualify for the World Cup.
During the rensed match before a reasonable number of cheering football fan, the Eagles struggled to keep possession of the ball due to the poor condition of the pitch, even as the Zambians fought back with counter attacks.
In the 23rd minute, there was scare for Nigeria when a goal was ruled offside. Augustine Mulenga was a thorn in the flesh of the Super Eagles defender.
In the 65th minute, Alex Iwobi was introduced to unlock the defensive with his creativity. It was a cagey affair with little to separate both teams until the 73rd minute when Alex Iwobi broke the deadlock seven minutes after he was introduced by Genet Rohr.
The fans went wild in jubilation, dancing singing and jumping.
The game was not over as the Zambians kept piling pressure on the Super Eagles. While the Nigerians fans cheered them on, the Zambian fans also raised their voices to cheer their team. Despite the pressure from the Zambians, the Nigerian held on to the lone goal.
Nigeria will be going to the World Cup for the sixth time and will hope to do better than the previous performances by getting past the round of 16.
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