SportsTrending Story

Nigeria first African side to qualify for 2018 World Cup

292

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ubstitute Alex Iwobi propelled the Super Eagles to the 2018 World Cup with a late strike that earned the Nigerian team a 1-0 victory over Zambia.

Iwobi latched onto a cutback just inside the box after good interplay between Victor Moses and Shehu Abdullahi, before drilling home with unerring accuracy in the 74th minute.

The victory means the Super Eagles became the first African country to qualify for the World Cup, but they were made to work for every second of the 90 minutes by a brave and fearless Chipolopolo, who remained in the hunt for a ticket to Russia until the final whistle.

The Zambians frustrated Nigeria in a feisty first half where tackles flew and both sides struggled to create anything more than half chances.

The win takes Nigeria up to 13 points, six ahead of Zambia, and with one match to play, they can begin to look forward to their sixth appearance at the grandest stage of all.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles on their victory.

The President, who described the hard-earned victory as “very sweet, soothing and a 57th Independence Anniversary gift to the nation,” applauded the nation’s senior men’s football team for the feat of making Nigeria the first African country to qualify for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, with a match left to play.

Leave a comment

Related Articles

Sports Minister tasks Nigerian referees on participation in FIFA/CAF-flagged competitions

The Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Enoh, has challenged Nigerian referees...

Paris 2024: Super Falcons to have full camp by Friday afternoon

The arrival of forwards Uchenna Kanu and Chinwendu Ihezuo at the Super...

Paris 2024: Asisat Oshoala arrives Super Falcons camp in Spain

Six-time African Women Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala, arrived at the...

Paris 2024: Pres. Tinubu has approved full budget for Olympics, says Sports Minister Enoh

The Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Enoh, has disclosed that President...

We have to be aggressive, says Maresca as he unveils Chelsea’s plans

The new Chelsea manager, Enzo Maresca, has said he wants to create...

Paris 2024 Olympics: Super Falcons’ camp bubbles as 14 players begin training

Nigeria’s Super Falcons have begun preparations for their first appearance at the...

Former Super Eagles midfielder Seyi Olofinjana gets new role at Chelsea

Premier League giants Chelsea FC of London have appointed former Nigerian midfielder...

Morocco 2025: Nigeria draw Benin Republic, Rwanda again

The Super Eagles have been drawn in Group D of the 2025 Africa...

Just in: Erik ten Hag signs new deal at Man United

Erik ten Hag has extended his contract with Manchester United, the club...

Finidi George signs two-year contract with Rivers United

Rivers United Football Club has announced the appointment of Finidi George as...

AFCON 2025: Super Eagles to know opponents Thursday

Three-time champions and five-time runners-up, Nigeria are expected to know their opponents...

Paris 2024 Olympics: Waldrum snubs Onome Ebi, picks Ajibade, Nnadozie, Oshoala, 15 others

Head Coach Randy Waldrum has snubbed Onome Ebi, picked captain Rasheedat Ajibade,...

End of an era as Andy Murray withdraws from Wimbledon singles after back surgery

Two-time champion Andy Murray called time on his Wimbledon singles career on...

Sports Minister to NFF: Go for first-class coach for Super Eagles

The Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Enoh, has urged the Nigeria...

President Federation Cup: Rivers Angels, El-Kanemi Warriors emerge champions

Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt won their ninth Nigeria’s National Cup title,...

Sports Minister Lauds Amusan’s Clearance by CAS, Passion, Commitment

The Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Enoh, has expressed immense joy...

Patoranking lights up Ebute Metta, builds mini-stadium for soccer buffs

Nigerian music star, Patoranking, has once again captured the hearts of many,...

Bronny James joins LeBron with Lakers as father-son duo makes NBA history

LeBron James moved a step closer to fulfilling his dream of playing...

Again, Lookman wins Atalanta Player of the Season

Super Eagles forward Ademola Lookman has been named Player of the Season...

Sports Minister Supports Team Nigeria at African Athletics Senior Championship

The Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Enoh, has stated that he...