Nigeria inch closer to Russia 2018

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have stretched their lead in the Africa Group B FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifier, picking one more point in a 1-1 draw away to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on Monday evening in Yaounde.

Nigeria opened scores in the 30th minute when Moses Simon blasted home from rebound to put the heat on the hosts.

The Cameroonians who found the Nigerian defence a hard knot to loose resorted to putting the ball behind the central defenders but most of the effort came to nought until goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa clashed with an onrushing V. Aboubakar and the referee signalled a penalty against the Super Eagles in a hugely controversial circumstance.

Aboubakar scored from the spot to equalise.

The performance earned Nigeria four points from possible six in the two-legged engagement after the Super Eagles had walloped the reigning Africa champions 4-0 last Friday in the first leg clash at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.

With the result, the Super Eagles has extended its lead to ten points while Zambia comes a distant second with four points following their 3-1 defeat of visiting Algeria at the National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, last Saturday. They are in Algeria on Tuesday for the reverse fixture.

Cameroon is third on the group table with three points while Algeria is at the bottom with two points.

Nigeria’s next engagement is away to Algeria before the final match at home against Zambia and would need just two points in both games to fully secure the Rusia 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket.


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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website www.sportstalkafrica.com besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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