Nigeria will be there! The Super Eagles took their time but they ensured by winning 1-0 against Zambia at home in Uyo this Saturday.
With this victory, they relegate their opponent to 6 points to one day of the end of the qualifiers and ensure the first place of group B, synonymous with qualification for the 2018 World Cup! The 2013 African champions seize the first of the five tickets reserved for the CAF zone.
Faced with the Chipolopolo, the men of Gernot Rohr have mastered their subject, but they have delayed to obtain clear opportunities.
The pressure increased after the break and after a stunning Mweene parry and then a big misfire of Ighalo, Gunner Iwobi finally found the fault by taking over a Shehu center to shoot Mweene (1-0, 73rd ) and send Nigeria to Russia!
Ironically, it was the one who was presented as the group of death who delivered his verdict first. As regulars, the Nigerians will participate in their 5th final phase of World in the last 6 editions. This gives rise to beautiful scenes of jubilation on the ground and in stands in a booming Uyo stadium.
Ghana lodge protest with Fifa after 0-0 draw in Uganda
A controversial end to Uganda’s 0-0 draw at home to Ghana in Group E of World Cup qualifying led to the Black Stars lodging a protest with Fifa over refereeing decisions during the match.
Ghana had a goal from Raphael Dwamena ruled out for offside in stoppage time, and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) announced it had launched an official protest.
“The GFA filed the protest to Fifa, immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala,” Ghana’s FA statement said.
“Mr Bennett [referee] and assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute with television replays showing that it was a perfect goal.
“The referee also denied Ghana a penalty earlier in the second half when Ghana midfielder Frank Acheampong was brought down in the box.
“These and several other decisions by the match officials have left the GFA with no option than to ask Fifa to examine their performances,” the statement added.
World Cup – CAF Qualification:: 3rd round:
Libya 1 – 2 DR Congo
Cape Verde 0 – 2 Senegal
South Africa 3 – 1 Burkina Faso
Nigeria 1 – 0 Zambia