The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday defeated Zambia 1-0 at the Uyo Stadium to qualify for the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia.
Alex Iwobi came off the bench and struck in the 74th minute to hand the Super Eagles its sixth world cup ticket – barely eight minutes he came into the game.
Iwobi finished off a sublime move down the right, following good combination play between Victor Moses and Shehu Abdullahi.
The first half had ended goalless with with the Chipolopolo the better side. The Super Eagles had trouble coping with their fast-paced attacks.
With Nigeria needing a win to qualify, Arsenal boy, Iwobi, who also n the first leg in Luanda, provided the much goal sixteen minutes from time to give a troubled nation something to cheer about.
Nigeria became the first African team to qualify for Russia 2018, with the luxury of one match left to play.
The Super Eagles now have 13 points in Group B, followed by Zambia with 7 points. Cameroon have six points.
With their final match in November against Algeria now be a formality, Nigerian join other countries like Brazil, Spain, Mexico, England, Germany, Iran, South Korea, etc. who have also qualified for the world cup.
Perhaps, this may help douse the tension in the West African country, torn apart by agitations for secession and military brutality against peaceful protesters.