Nigeria beat Zambia 1-0 qualify for 2018 World Cup with 13 points at the top of Group

The solitary strike from Alex Iwobi sealed Nigeria’s sixth World Cup qualification ticket in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Zambia here in Uyo after a nervy start.

Alex Iwobi came on for Moses Simon and made the difference after a cagey 60 minutes

Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Nigeria now have 13 points at the top of Group and an unassailable six-point lead ahead of Zambia, with one round of games left.

They join other countries like Brazil, Spain, Mexico, England, Germany, Iran, South Korea, etc. who have also booked their places at next year’s tournament.

Meanwhile, captain Mikel Obi has stated that the desire to feature at the FIFA World Cup drove the Super Eagles to clinch a win in Saturday’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia

He said,“Hunger for success drove us to win the game,“I am proud of the players and we are ready for the World Cup. Iwobi came on and made the difference.

“First half was tough and we told each other at half time when it was goalless that we needed to get at the Zambians to win.

“The future looks bright for the Zambians, they gave us a good fight and we were lucky to get the goal.”

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