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Update: Nigeria’s Super Eagles Beat Zambia 1 – 0, Qualify for Russia 2018 as Buhari Congratulates Team


The Super Eagles Saturday night qualified for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Nigeria’s qualification came via 1-0 defeat of Chipolopolo of Zambia at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo.
Arsenal striker, Alex Iwobi scored in the 73rd minute to ensured that the Super Eagles would be at their record sixth appearance at the world biggest football fiesta.
The Eagles became the 13th country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup taking in Russia in 2018.
Nigeria joins other countries like Brazil, Spain, Mexico, England, Germany, Iran, South Korea, Spain, among others, that have also booked their places at next year’s tournament.
Nigeria top Group B with 13 points, remaining one match, against Algeria national team in Algiers next month to round off the qualifying matches. Win or loss, it will not affect Nigeria in any any way.
After years of endless tries and near misses, Dutchman Clemens Westerhorf led Nigeria to her first World Cup appearance in the United States back in 1994.
Since then, the Super Eagles have only failed to qualify for just one edition of the World Cup and that was in 2006 when Germany hosted the Mundial
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles on their victory.
The President, who described the hard-earned victory as “very sweet, soothing and a 57th Independence Anniversary gift to the nation,” applauded the nation’s senior men’s football team for the feat of making Nigeria the first African country to qualify for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament.
As he joined millions of football-loving Nigerians in rejoicing with the players and their coaching crew, President Buhari called on all Nigerians to apply the values of perseverance, resilience, discipline, hard work and team-spirit which propelled the footballers to excel since the beginning of the qualifying matches, to all sectors of national life.
In a statement immediately after the match by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President promised that the Federal Government will continue to support the team within available resources so that the nation will maximise the unifying potentials of sports in general and football in particular.
He enjoined the entire team and Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) officials to remain steadfast and focused when they begin preparations for the global football fiesta in order to make Nigeria proud.
President Buhari urged public, private organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to continue to assist the Super Eagles as the team heads for a sixth appearance at the summit of football competition.
The President also appreciated the government of Akwa Ibom State for the invaluable support it has been rendering to the football team, describing it as worthy of emulation.
Also, former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, hailed the Super Eagles for qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Atiku vowed to continue to support Gernot Rohr’s men, even if it means braving the cold climate in Russia next year.
He tweeted immediately after the game: “They say Russia is cold. We are still coming! Haha! Congratulations to the Super Eagles and all Nigerians!”

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