Nigeria Qualifies For 2018 FIFA World Cup In Russia

Super Eagles coaching crew alongside Rohr

"We have had a tough campaign and we're relieved we have qualified from such a tough group". The Eagles won the match 2-1.

The last round of World Cup qualifiers will be played between November 10 and 14.

There was a final twist to come in stoppage time as Keita was sent off and Msakni capitalised to complete his hat-trick.

Tunisia overturned a 1-0 deficit, too, after Naby Keita put the home team ahead. "They have to win to stand any chance, while a draw could even be enough for us, but we want to win this game".

Nevertheless, the stalemate took Uganda to eight points, one behind Egypt who play their game in hand against already eliminated Congo-Brazzaville in Alexandria on Sunday knowing that a victory would end their 27-year wait for a place at the World Cup.

Nigeria leads Group B on 10 points and is itching to wrap up the tussle but a resurgent Zambia, hot on their heels with seven points believe they could still make it to Russian Federation with the group still open.

In the 36th minute, Zambia striker Alex Ngonga, whose pace troubled the Nigeria defence throughout, forced goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa to parry the ball behind for a corner.

This was the qualifying programme that introduced Nigerian football fans - very painfully - to the tie-breaking concept of the head-to-head rule. The 2015 African champion Ivory Coast was held in Mali to 0-0 on Friday. Qualifying has shown that they certainly shouldn't fear anyone. We played most of the game on top of Nigeria but they used their experience by getting the all needed goal, it was from a half chance.

Mikel said he was proud to be the captain of the Super Eagles and that his team was ready for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Senegal have eight points, Burkina Faso and the Cape Verde six and South Africa four, but Senegal and South Africa have an extra game to play. On the road with the same score 1: 3 Nigeria and Zambia, as well as Zambians at home 0: 1.

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