Nigeria began their group campaign in Africa’s 2018 World
Cup qualifiers with a 2-1 victory away to Zambia on Sunday
in Group B, as Egypt defeated Congo 2-1 in Brazzaville in
Nigeria’s goals came in the first half from two of the English
Premier League’s rising stars.
Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi handed the Super Eagles the lead in the 32nd minute.
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho added a second
ten minutes later to put the super eagles side 2-0 up.
In a fast-paced match with chances at both ends in Ndola,
Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi almost gave his side a 3-0
lead in the second half, only to see his long-range volley
tipped over the bar Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.
Zambia pushed for a reply and were rewarded in the 71st
minute when Collins Mbesuma grabbed one back.
Despite much pressure from the home team, Nigeria held on
to record an away win to go top of Group B – one of the
toughest in World Cup qualifying.
Reported Festus Iyamu