The Super Eagles of Nigeria are through to the final qualifying round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, after a hard fought 2-0 victory over the Sihlangu Semnikati of Swaziland, on Tuesday, November 17, in Port Harcourt.
Two second half strikes from Moses Simon and Efe Ambrose handed Sunday Oliseh’s men victory over ten-man Swaziland.
Oliseh made three changes to the team that drew 0-0 in Swaziland. Sunshine stars’ Paul Onobi replaced Mikel Obi, Sharks’ Chima Akas came in for Elderson Echiejile and Godfrey Oboabona was replaced by Austin Oboroakpo from Abia Warriors.
With over 70% of ball possession in the first half, the Eagles did not create enough chances, mounting pressure among the home fans at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium as the first period ended goalless.
Nigeria started the second half on a good note, as Moses Simon put the Eagles in front with a well taken free-kick in the 51st minute.
Efe Ambrose doubled Nigeria’s lead in the 87th minute, with a fantastic flip, after connecting a well taken free kick from Igbonu.
With the victory, Nigeria has now qualified for the group stage of the African qualifiers along with 19 other countries, who will be drawn into five groups.
The five group winners will represent Africa in Russia 2018.