The world governing football body, FIFA has congratulated Nigeria for becoming the first African side to book their place at Russia 2018 after a 1-0 win over Zambia at the Godwin Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.
FIFA noted that the Super Eagles were seen by many as the toughest group of the continent’s five qualifying:
‘Nigeria have been dominant, remaining unbeaten throughout and only dropping points thanks to a Cameroonian penalty on the road in Yaounde. The 4-0 win a few days earlier against the reigning African champions was a particular highlight.
With a rich youthful streak through the side, seeing the likes of Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon score crucial goals throughout qualifying, there will be something of a fresh feel to the side who have only missed one tournament – Germany 2006 – since their debut in 1994.
Led by the seasoned John Obi Mikel, who made his belated World Cup debut at Brazil 2014, they will hoping to better their Round of 16 exit from three years ago – the furthest stage they have reached, having also done so in their first two appearances.’