UYO/Nigeria: Substitute Alex Iwobi’s 73RD ensured that Nigeria’s qualifications for world cup which will be hosted by Russia in 2018 was secured. The Arsenal forward scored the all-important goal after Abdullahi provided a pinpoint cross into the penalty area.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria had plenty of chances which were squandered in the game by centre forward Odion Oghalo and there were more some scare by the Zambians who later resorted to long range efforts after they could not penetrate the Nigerian goal.
However, after the goal by Iwobi, Nigeria held on to their win and thus booked a place in the world for their record six times.
Super Eagles right back shehu Abdullahi was voted man of the match as the defender was very strong for the Nigerian defence, providing an outlet for the teamwhen they neededhim to provide width in attack. The Anothorsis Famagusta star went home with a cash price of N1 million and 10 bags of rice, courtesy of the Nigeria Football federation (NFF)’s new partners, Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group.