President Buhari Salutes Super Eagles’ Win Over Zambia

President Buhari, Salutes, Super Eagles' Win Over, ZambiaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the away victory of the Super Eagles over Zambia at the weekend.

President Buhari says the feat is not only tonic for Nigeria at a time like this, but also a confidence booster that the indomitable Nigerian spirit is well and alive.

The Nigerian National Team began its qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 World Cup by beating Zambia 2-1 in Ndola on Sunday.

In a statement on Monday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President described the development as “cheery and soul-lifting.”

He said it was a sign of good things to come, urging the team not to rest on its oars till it eventually qualified for the global soccer fiesta.

“This is but the first step in a long journey.

“However, that step has been well taken.

“An away victory at this level, in which the stakes are quite high, is remarkable.

“The ultimate is to qualify for Russia 2018 and fly Nigeria’s flag alongside those of other giant soccer playing nations.

“I look forward to that and I urge the team and their handlers to always keep their eyes on the ball,” Buhari said.

Two first half goals by Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi and Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho helped Nigeria shock the Chipolopolo stars of Zambia in front of their home fans.

Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, was among the capacity crowd that watched the Super Eagles put up a spirited effort to survive Zambia’s second half onslaught and ensure that the attempted comeback ended in heartbreak.

Nigeria Begin 2018 World Cup Quest With 2-1 Win Over Zambia

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The Super Eagles currently lead the group

Nigeria’s Super Eagles began their 2018 World Cup quest on October 9 with a 2- 1 victory over the Chipolopolo Stars of Zambia.

The win puts Nigeria top of Group B in the World Cup qualifiers with 3 points.

Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi opened the scoring sheet with a goal in the 33rd minute after volleying the ball into the goal post following a defensive lapse by the Zambians.

About ten minutes later, Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho extended Nigeria’s lead after scoring a spectacular goal.

The Chipolopolo Stars however made a spirited comeback in the 70th minute when Collins Mbesuma scored a goal for Zambia from close quarters after Nigerian defender; Kenneth Omeruo bungled a chance to clear the ball wide.

The match which started around 2:30pm at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola ended with a 2-1 goal tally in favour of Nigeria.

The stadium was filled to capacity as the home crowd came to cheer their national team.

Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, was also present as the special guest of honour.

The win puts Nigeria ahead in the group and for it to qualify for the 2018 Mundial in Russia, it must finish as the winner of group which contains Zambia, Algeria and Cameroon.

Nigeria will face Algeria in the next qualifier.