Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, are the first African country to qualify 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 minuted 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.
A Dream Come True…We're Heading To The World Cup 🙌🏽.Nice To Get The Winning Goal, Massive Thanks To Our Fans.The Atmosphere Was Crazy 🇳🇬🦅 pic.twitter.com/Ke3y6WjYPh— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) October 7, 2017
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 and Costa Rica.
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.
The government has hailed the team’s efforts with President Muhammadu Buhari labeling the qualification as a belated 57th independence day gift.
Tonight the Super Eagles gave us a 57th Independence Anniversary gift. I join millions of Nigerians in rejoicing with the players and crew.— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 7, 2017