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Super Eagles secure a spot in next round of World Cup qualifiers

Nigeria’s Super Eagles of Nigeria have qualified for the Qatar 2022 World Cup play-off after playing out a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Tuesday.

The point secured proved enough to earn the three-time African champions a place in the final round of qualifiers for the global showpiece event. However, Nigerian fans were not happy that they did not secure a win against a relatively weaker side at home.

Cape Verde had to win outrightly for a chance to qualify for their first World Cup and played with the intention to break the hearts of Nigerian fans.

The Gernot Rohr-led squad made a promising start to the game as in-form Napoli striker Victor Osimhen controlled a cross from Moses Simon and slotted home in the opening minute, but the islanders hit back four minutes later when defender Stopira headed in a corner kick and the remaining 84 minutes of the match was a nerve-wracking encounter.

Cape Verde keeper Vozinha made several saves in the first half to deny the hosts and the Blue Sharks almost pulled off an upset – with Nigeria defender Chidozie Awaziem making a crucial late block.

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