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Iwobi sends Nigeria to third straight World Cup

Iwobi sends Nigeria to third straight World Cup”

Alex Iwobi on Saturday sealed Nigeria's qualification for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup after he scored the lone goal in Nigeria's 1-0 win over Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

Nigeria's Alex Iwobi (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Nigeria and Zambia in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on October 7, 2017. It could be four out of five groups if Egypt doesn't take its chance on Sunday.

This would create a blockbuster final day as Nigeria dropping points would pave the way for Zambia to qualify for the World Cup for the first time.

They were 4-1 winners away to Guinea, with Youssef Msakni bagging a hat-trick and Mohamed Ben Amor also on the scoresheet as they came from behind.

"It's great to get the World Cup ticket but it's not finished".

Nyirenda gave his reasons during the post match interview at the press gallery of the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo. The 2015 African champion Ivory Coast was held in Mali to 0-0 on Friday.

The tightest pool is Group C, which is now topped by Morocco after they beat Gabon 3-0.

Buhari said through his spokesman Femi Adesina after the match that the victory was "very sweet, soothing and a 57th Independence Anniversary gift to the nation". "Having delivered the "baby World Cup" in 1985, we hope that Buhari will deliver the main World Cup in 2018". If it wins the replay in South Africa on November 10, it'll be through to the World Cup.

Sat atop of the table by the slender margin of one point, Nigeria - fresh off winning Olympic gold - travelled to Burkina Faso and struggled on a bumpy pitch that eventually proved their redemption.

Ghana, quarter-finalists at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, were eliminated after managing only a goalless draw in Uganda when needing a win to keep their slim hopes alive.

Most of the Southern African side's players play domestically and this should be an extremely tough game for the visiting team.



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