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2018 World Cup Qualifier: Super Eagles Edge Chipolopolo 2-1 in Ndola

Super
Eagles began their campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on a winning note with
a 2-1 win over Chipolopolo at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola‎ on Sunday.
Alex
Iwobi broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when he slammed a shot past Zambia
goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene to give the Super Eagles the lead.
The
goal gave the team huge confidence as they sprayed the ball comfortably to
both ends of the field, leaving their opponent to chase the ball.
However,
Kelechi Iheanacho extended Nigeria’s lead in the 43rd minute as he calmly
controlled a brilliant pass from Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi before
rounding Mweene and two of Zambia’s players, to give the team a perfect
lead.
At
the resumption of the second, the Zambians were allowed to find their rhythm as
they attacked the Super Eagles, only to be denied by Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Carl
Ikeme, who was outstanding throughout the game.
The
efforts of the host was later rewarded as an error from Kenneth Omeruo’s failed
header in the 18-yard box gave Zambia’s Collins Mbesuma the chance to reduce
the scoreline to 2-1. All efforts to level the score went futile as the Super
Eagles defended solidly to pick the maximum points.
The
Super Eagles will face Algeria on November 12 at the Godswill Akpabio
International Stadium, Uyo in what is expected to be a thrilling encounter.

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