Uyo – Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, is the first African country to make it for next year’s World Cup in Russia. The team beat Zambia’s Chipolopolo in the city of Uyo to secure their qualification. The only goal of the game was scored by Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi.
He came on in the 65th minute before converting a pass through a crowded penalty area. The win put Nigeria on 13 points with the second place Zambia having 7 points. The last fixture for the group on November 6 will be a mere formality for Rohr’s side.
Mikel Obi and the team have now joined hosts Russia along with other teams including: Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain, Costa Rica, Poland and Egypt which just joined.
By this feat, Nigeria has qualified for six out of the last seven World Cups, they only missed out during Germany 2006. They reached the second round on three occasions – 1994, 1998 and 2014.
On Tuesday, FIFA fined Nigeria $31,000 for crowd disorder during last month’s World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Uyo, which the Super Eagles won 4-0.
The government has hailed the team’s efforts with President Muhammadu Buhari labeling the qualification as a belated 57th Independence Day gift.