6 September 2017
Nigeria’s main challenger in the 2018 World cup qualifiers, the Chipolopolo of Zambia completed a double over Algeria following a 1 – 0 win in Constantine on Tuesday night.
The Zambians had earlier defeated the Desert Warriors 3 – 1 in the first leg on Saturday in Lusaka meaning the back-to-back wins have put them in a good position as they head into the final two games.
With the result, the battle to win the ticket in Group B has been narrowed down to the Super Eagles and the Chipolopolo as both Cameroun and Algeria have been eliminated.
The Super Eagles host Zambia in their next game in Uyo and an outright win will send Nigeria to her sixth World Cup appearance in Russia next year.
In other games, Nigeria’s opponent in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers, South Africa lost 2 – 1 at home to Cape Verde in Group D. The Bafana Bafana had lost the first leg by 2 – 1 on Friday and now occupy the last spot in Group D with a slim qualification chance.
Senegal were forced to a last-minute 2 – 2 draw by Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou in the group’s other game on Tuesday. Burkina Faso and Cape Verde are joint leaders with six points each while Senegal are third with 5 points.
Cote D’Ivoire remain on top of Group C despite a shock 2 – 1 home defeat to Gabon at the Stade Bouaké, Bouaké on Tuesday. The Elephants are on seven points while Morocco with six points are in second position. Gabon occupy the third spot with five points while Mali is bottom with two points. Every team in the group still stand a chance of qualifying.
In Group A, the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia and the leopards of DR Congo will battle for the ticket following the elimination of Guinea and Libya. The Leopards were forced to a 2 – 2 draw by Tunisia in Kinshasha on Tuesday to remain on second spot with seven points, three points behind leaders, Tunisia.
Lastly in Group E, the Black Stars of Ghana secured an emphatic 5 – 1 away win over Congo on Tuesday to keep their hope of securing a place in Russia alive. The Black Stars routed the Congolose in their first win of the series to take their points to five and move up to third place. Atletico midfielder, Thomas Partey grabbed a Hattrick while Richmond Boakye grabbed a brace.
Egypt with a slim 1 – 0 win over Uganda moved top of their group with 9 points while Uganda are second with seven points. With just a point in four games, Congo were eliminated.
The next round of matches will be held on the weekend of October 7.