Iwobi Fires Nigeria To 6th World Cup As Super Eagles Dump Out ‘Stubborn’ Zambia

Iwobi Fires Nigeria To 6th World Cup As Super Eagles Dump Out ‘Stubborn’ Zambia

By Nurudeen Obalola (photos by Ganiyu Yusuf) in Uyo:

Rampant Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday evening flew into 2018 FIFA World in Russia with a hard-fought 1-0 win over a resilient Chipolopolo of Zambia at the Nest of Champions the, Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Uyo.

Arsenal youngster, Alex Iwobi came off the substitute bench to score the back breaker in the 73rd minute against the bemused Zambians.

Nigeria have bagged their sixth World appearance in style, amassing an unassailable 13 points in Group which effectively reduces matchday-six games in November to mere formalities.

In the group’s other game, Cameroon beat Algeria 2-0 to maintain their third position on six point.

Zambia had the game’s first attempt on goal in the 15th minute through Fashion Sakala following a poor pass but he hit his shot wide.

Odion Ighalo had the Eagles first chance on 16 minutes but failed to connect with Moses Simon’s low cross.

Zambia thought they had scored on 24 minutes through Augustine Mulenga only for his effort to be ruled for offside.

The Eagles were forced to an early change on 30 minutes as Ogenyi Onazi went off injured and was replaced by Mikel Agu.

In the 31st minute Simon hit a low left foot shot from the edge of the box but Kennedy Mweene went down to make a good save.

A minute later Enock Mwepu had a chance to put Zambia ahead off a knock down only to hit his effort over the bar with Ikechukwu Ezenwa to beat.

Alex Ngonga hit a low left foot strike from range which Ezenwa palmed against the post for a corner.

Ighalo should have put Nigeria ahead on 44 minutes but blasted his shot over the bar after good play from Victor Moses.

On the stroke of halftime Simon attempted a bicycle kick inside the box which went over.

In the 53rd minute Mwepu went close for Zambia but his shot failed to beat Ezenwa.

Mweene made a superb save palming Wilfred Ndidi’s header from Moses’ setpiece.

In the 67th minute a dangerous by the Zambians took a slight deflection and went away for a corner.

Ighalo was presented with a big chance on 71 minutes but delayed too much on the ball.

The Eagles eventually broke the deadlock on 73 minutes as Iwobi lashed on to Shehu Abdullahi’s cut back to put Nigeria 1-0 up.

A few minutes later Iwobi sent in a good cross but Ighalo failed to connect.

In the 85th minute Moses had the chance to double Nigeria’s lead but blasted his effort over the bar from the edge.

In the 90th minute Moses had a chance to wrap the game up but missed Aina’s low cross.

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  • Vitalis 3 years ago

    Up super eagles! We have done it again, Zambia can now go and rest.to God be the glory and God bless Nigeria.

  • PapaFem 3 years ago

    Where are the haters? Those lousy dreamers who want to ride on the back of African giants to Eastern Europe. The World Cup is not for dreamers; it’s for countries with real talents to play at the highest level. Congratulations Nigeria.

  • goodheart 3 years ago

    the zambians have really inprove in their form. Anyway they play but we pepper them.where is the guy named OUTSIDER, come out brag again we 9ja dey wait 4 u. SUPER EAGLES ALL THE WAY TO RUSSIA.

  • Mweemba 3 years ago

    Im going to kill whoever Nigerian i will meet on the street today. Return to your over populated country….

    • Fasasi Kunle 3 years ago

      You lie bad, you will be jailed

    • Love festival 3 years ago

      Congratulations to all Nigerians
      Igbo,hausa,Yoruba,ijaw,Tiv,Efiks,Igala etc
      We are all one from the same God.
      Our God wants us to stop fighting each other
      and love another.

  • Since the qualified has been identified there is no need for hostility anymore. It was all fun as long as the banters last. Now is the time to concentrate on qualifying for the afcon and we shall see again even if we may Ynot meet. I tell from now on Nigerians will support Zambia whenever they are playing against any team except Nigeria. Not even Ghana will make us go against you anymore. We love the way you youngsters play. Clean entertaining football. You are now a force to be reckoned with in Africa. You are no more pushover. Congrats to Chipolopolo aka copper bullet. Congrats to Super Eagles aka Super Chicken.