Stella Dimoko 2018 World Cup: Nigeria, Egypt and Tunisia record victories


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Monday, October 10, 2016

2018 World Cup: Nigeria, Egypt and Tunisia record victories

Nigeria began their group campaign in Africa's 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a 2-1 victory away to Zambia on Sunday in pool B.
They lead the way in the pool, after Algeriawere held to a 1-1 draw by Cameroonin the same group.

Elsewhere, Egypt defeated Congo 2-1 in Brazzaville in Group E and in Group A, Tunisia had a 2-0 win over Guinea.
Nigeria's goals came in the first half from two of the English Premier League's rising stars.

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi put the Super Eagles ahead in the 32nd minute.
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho added a second ten minutes later to put Gernot Rohr's side 2-0 up.

In a fast-paced match with chances at both ends in Ndola, Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi almost gave his side a 3-0 lead in the second half, only to see his long-range volley tipped over the bar by Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.
Zambia pushed for a reply and were rewarded in the 71st minute when Collins Mbesuma grabbed one back.

Despite much pressure from the home team, Nigeria held on to record an away win to go top of Group B - one of the toughest in World Cup qualifying.
The other two teams in Group B, Algeria, featuring Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, andCameroon played out a 1-1 draw.
Algeria's El Arabi Soudani put the home side in front in Blida, but Cameroon's Benjamin Moukandjo equalised before half time.
Also on Sunday, Egypt went top of Group E with a 2-1 victory away to Congo Brazzaville, following Ghana's 0-0 draw at home to Uganda on Friday.

The hosts started brightly when France-based Ferebory Dore headed in the opening goal for Congo Brazzaville in the 24th minute.
A strong Egypt side fought back with Roma star Mohamed Salah equalising four minutes before the break to make it 1-1.

On 58 minutes, Salah turned goal-maker, setting up Al Ahly's Abdallah El-Said who scored to make it 2-1 to Egypt.
Tunisia were 2-0 winners over Guinea in Group A in Monastir later on Sunday.
Second half goals from Aymen Abdennour and Ahmed Akaichi gave the North Africans a victory which puts them second in Group A, behind the Democratic Republic of Congo who beat Libya 4-0 on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, there were opening group wins for Ivory Coast and Senegal.

Only the five group winners will qualify for Russia 2018 from Africa.

bbc report


  1. Congrats to all them countries and special shout out to the Nigerian team. They made us proud yesterday

  2. Nigeria players should keep it up

  3. brilliant Naija win..up Iwobi, greater Arsenal

  4. Alex nice one,the way ihenacho dribbled and scored that goal ehen even the goalkeeper was confused that he left his post. Only a good player can pull such skill. God bless you ihenacho

  5. up Eagles!!! Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia can't stop us. Russia 2018 here we come


  6. 3 points very very important.

    I don't agree with Rohrs selection in the area of the right back, Ndidi should be contesting for 4, 5 and 6 not 2.

    We need to sit one of Onazi or Mikel sometimes.

    Overall a good beginning, and our goalkeeper is good too.

  7. If we continue with this form in the end we won't have to solve further maths to pick the lone ticket from this group.

    The unsung hero for me today is Karl Ikeme. Without his heroics we would not have come out with all 3points today. Omeruo let d team down with his shambolic defense but we r thankful it didn't cost us more than that 1 goal.

    Now we turn our focus on Algeria Vs Cameroon and hope they both play a lazy goalless draw.

    Up SE

  8. Congrats to our boys. Mikel wanted to spoil the show for us. Yeye man


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