Alex Iwobi came in as substitute to help secure a victory for the Super Eagles of Nigeria against the Chipolopolo of Zambia; the Zambian team didn’t come for a show at the Godswin Akpabio stadium, they showed toughness at the midfield, keeping the Nigerian team at bay.
Odion Ighalo, John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Moses Simon went close for the Super Eagles but failed to score.
Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mwenne produced an acrobatic save to deny Wilfred Ndidi in the second half in a pulsating end-to-end encounter.
In the end it was substitute Alex Iwobi who scored and ensured victory for the team.
Russia will be Nigeria’s sixth appearance at the World Cup.
They reached the second round in 1994, 1998 and 2014, but exited the tournament in the group stage in 2002 and 2010.