Nigeria to seal qualification next month

Nigeria to seal qualification next month
Odion Ighalo of Nigeria celebrate his goal with Victor Moses

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 17:30

As we are fresh from another fantastic round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, takes a look at the permutations in Group B.

It’s a pool dominated by Nigeria, who took four points off African champions Cameroon to hit the 10-point mark with two rounds still to play.

Yet there is still some hope for nearest chasers Zambia, who claimed back-to-back wins over North African giants Algeria to put themselves within striking distance of the Super Eagles.

However, Nigeria will be confident of securing qualification in the next round of matches in early October when they host Chipolopolo in Uyo.

A win for the Super Eagles will kill off any lingering doubts and mathematically secure their place in Russia 2018.

A draw would also be a highly favourable result - it wouldn’t guarantee first spot, but would leave Nigeria three points clear (and holding a superior goal difference) with just one match to play.

Zambia’s only real hope of qualifying for a first World Cup hinges on them winning in the Super Eagles’ back yard - something neither Algeria nor Cameroon were capable of.

Group B - remaining fixtures:

7 October 2017 - Nigeria v Zambia
7 October 2017 - Cameroon v Algeria
6 November 2017 - Zambia v Cameroon
6 November 2017 - Algeria v Nigeria

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