Iwobi's Strike Takes Nigeria To Russia 2018 World Cup

Super Eagles during their last open training yesterday at the Goswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo

A 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.

The Super Eagles, who enjoyed an impressive qualifying campaign, top their group with 13 points, six over second-placed Zambia.

Former Eagles defender Iloenyosi told our correspondent that the current Eagles players are committed and are determined to berth a ticket to the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Nigeria vs Zambia will be played on Saturday, October 7.

"No matter how I rate the Zambians, it's too late for them to qualify for the World Cup".

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The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations champions visit the 2013 winners in a match of high importance which would determine the swing of Africa's Group B ticket to football's biggest house party in Russian Federation next year summer. Their only match not to win was a 1-1 draw away to Cameroon.

"He enjoined the entire team and Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) officials to remain steadfast and focused when they begin preparations for the global football fiesta in order to make Nigeria proud".

"My wife is Russian, she flew to Russia today for good luck, and she and the kids will be in Russia to cheer us up at the World Cup". Nigeria does have the better squad and should be able to pick up the three points from the game but it could still prove to be a tough match. He is developing confidence with every game.

Rohr has already hinted the FC Ifeanyiubah shot stopper should keep his place particularly after he was voted the best goalkeeper at the recent WAFU Cup in Ghana.

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