2018 World Cup Qualifier: Nigeria Defeat Algeria 3-1
SAN FRANCISCO, November 12, (THEWILL)- Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Saturday defeated visiting Desert Foxes of Algeria 3-1 in a 2018 World Cup qualifier played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital.
Chelsea's utility player, Victor Moses opened scoring in the first half, after the ball got to him inside the box. His Chelsea team-mate and skipper of the Eagles, John Mikel Obi, made it 2-0 before the break.
Nabil Bentaleb pulled one back for Algeria with a screaming strike that left Daniel Akpeyi stranded, before Moses finished off a quick counter-attack late in the game.
Saturday’s win places Nigeria on top of Group B with six points; Cameroon are second with two points after two draws while Zambia and Algeria stay at third and fourth respectively with one point each.
Buhari Salutes Team
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles on their outstanding victory.
“President Buhari joins millions of football loving fans in the country in celebrating the very-much improved national team for meeting our expectations during the entertaining and action-soaked encounter.
The President commends the team and its handlers for displaying uncommon strength, determination and high professionalism in the onward and steady progress to the 2018 tournament in Russia.
With six points in our kitty from two impressive wins, President Buhari assures the team that the Federal Government; and indeed all Nigerians will continue to support them to make the nation proud.
The President also commends the Akwa-Ibom State government for hosting the match and the fans for their good conduct and sportsmanship throughout the game,” Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), said in a statement.