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Russia 2018: Super Eagles Beat Stubborn Swaziland, Advance To Group Stage

By James Agberebi:

The Super Eagles have qualified for the group stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers after defeating Swaziland 2-0 in the second leg of their tie in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

Goals from Moses Simon and Efe Ambrose secured the win against a stubborn Swaziland side.

Austin Oboroakpo had the Eagles' first chance in the first half after meeting a corner kick but his effort went over the bar.

In the 12th minute, Simon hit a low drive but it went straight to the Swaziland keeper.

Watford forward Odion Ighalo was put through on goal by Ogenyi Onazi but his strike went wide.

On 33 minutes, Hlatjwako Sandile had the visitors' best chance but he blazed over the bar.

In the second half, Sylvester Igboun should have given the Eagles the lead in the 47th minute but his shot wide with the keeper to beat.

The Eagles finally broke the deadlock in the 51st minute after Simon curled in from a free kick which went over the wall and into the net.

Onazi almost doubled the lead for the Eagles with 20 minutes left but his shot was well saved by the Swaziland keeper.

Coach Sunday Oliseh introduced Obafemi Martins for Ahmed Musa and Ezekiel Joseph for Simon.

Swaziland almost snatched a goal in the 83rd minute but Carl Ikeme parried over the bar.

Then with three minutes left, Ambrose made the game safe after meeting a cross from Igboun to end the game 2-0.

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5 Comments

  1. This is what the NFF under Picnic Amaju has turned our football to, struggling to beat Swaziland. The team has no coach to start with. The new minister of sports must step in and  call this ruderless cabal at the NFF to order before they destroy the super eagle completely.  

  2. God bless Nigeria.

  3. Hello Mr Oga, pause a little bit and endeavour to remember that the pitiable state of our football didn’t start today. Some years ago, we struggled to play out a draw against Guinea in Abuja. Consequently, we failed to qualify for the Nations cup. Also recently, we couldn’t qualify for the Nations cup as defending champions. In both instances, neither was Pinic the NFF chairman, nor was Oliseh the coach. At least there are some positives to take away from the present team, and that is we now score from set pieces. Lets build on that. Other aspects of the game will follow as the team play more games.

  4. Nice one mr lucky even keshi did not qualify for the nations cup sunday olishe has not done a bad job so far infact I love his person no nigeria coach can ever put mikel to the bench olishe did doing shows no room for permanent shirt and that what we need in the team,so all players could sit up,with time things will gel well and olishe game plan will fall in shape he has atleast not lost a competitive game since taking charge.let give him some time he would only get better even most big countries in africa did not win in the first leg but most of then got a draw

  5. well am okay with the result, 2 0 win is not a bad result. but our super eagle more team training so that they can be the first African to lift world cup

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