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Iwobi secures Russia 2018 World Cup ticket for Nigeria

Saturday, 7 October 2017
Super Eagles celebration after scoring


By Tunji Faleye

Alex Iwobi’s goal in the 74th minute secured Russia 2018 World Cup qualification for the Super Eagles on Saturday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.

Arsenal forward fired past Kenedy Nweene who was fantastic until the moment Eagles scored.

Chipolopolo of Zambia mounted pressures on Nigeria threatening the defence line Eagles with their fast runs until Iwobi came in as a substitute in the second half to change the pace of the game.

Also in the 90th minute, Ola Aina exchanged quick one-two passes with Victor Moses just outside of the Zambia penalty area that sets up the latter who slipped as he was about to take a shot.

The Eagles now advanced their leadership on the table with 13 points while Zambia has seven points, making the last game a formality.

The Super Eagles, thus become the first African side to qualify for Russia 2018, even with a game to spare.

Speaking from Spain and monitored in Lagos, former Super Eagles, Emmanuel Amunike expressed his happiness on the qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

According to him, “Eagles lived up to expectation despite the fact that Zambians mounted a serious opposition. I told you it was not going to be easy, we just have to celebrate it. It was a tactical and clinical finish by Iwobi.”

Aminuke said that despite Eagles’ qualified for the World Cup tournament in Russia, the coaching crew and the players have to fine-tune their preparations as World Cup is not a child’s play. He said, “the selections have to be right because this is not African Cup of Nations. The teams that are coming to World Cup are strong and are the best.”

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