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Nigeria to seal qualification next month – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Nigeria to seal qualification next month

Orion Ighalo of Nigeria celebrate his goal with Victor Moses

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 17:30


As we are fresh from another fantastic round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, AfricanFootball.com takes a look at the permutations in Group B.

It’s a pool dominated by Nigeria, who took four points off African champions Cameroon to hit the 10-point mark with two rounds still to play.

Yet there is still some hope for nearest chasers Zambia, who claimed back-to-back wins over North African giants Algeria to put themselves within striking distance of the Super Eagles.

However, Nigeria will be confident of securing qualification in the next round of matches in early October when they host Chipolopolo in Uyo.

A win for the Super Eagles will kill off any lingering doubts and mathematically secure their place in Russia 2018.

A draw would also be a highly favourable result – it wouldn’t guarantee first spot, but would leave Nigeria three points clear (and holding a superior goal difference) with just one match to play.

Zambia’s only real hope of qualifying for a first World Cup hinges on them winning in the Super Eagles’ back yard – something neither Algeria nor Cameroon were capable of.

Group B – remaining fixtures:

7 October 2017 – Nigeria v Zambia

7 October 2017 – Cameroon v Algeria

6 November 2017 – Zambia v Cameroon

6 November 2017 – Algeria v Nigeria

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SuperSport edge Chiefs to seal MTN8 semifinal spot – MTN8 2017

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SuperSport edge Chiefs to seal MTN8 semifinal spot

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United celebrates goal during 2017 MTN8 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban South Africa on 12 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 22:44


Jeremy Brockie’s sixth minute strike proved to be the difference between SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs, as Matsatsantsa sealed their place in the 2017 MTN8 semifinals with a 1-0 win at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening.

Different season, same problems for the Amakhosi who failed to capitalize on a catalogue of chances throughout the 90 as another chance at silverware for Steve Komphela goes abegging.

SuperSport join Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City in the next round with Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United to do battle on Sunday.

Eric Tinkler’s influence was noticeable as early as the sixth minute as a superb counter-attack goal opened the scoring on the night.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bradley Grobler and Brockie linking up for a wonderful goal; capped off by the New Zealand international who skipped past Lorenzo Gordinho before firing past Itumeleng Khune, 0-1.

The goal breathed some urgency into Chiefs who hit the post in the 23rd minute through a deflected shot from Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Ronwen Williams was then called into action to deny Bernard Parker as the Glamour Boys headed into the break on top, but a goal down.

A similar pattern would follow in the second with Chiefs dominating both possession and territory.

Parker and Hendrick Ekstein would also hit the woodwork on a night where luck wasn’t on the Glamour Boys side with SuperSport made to absorb wave-after-wave of attack.

Tinkler’s men would not buckle under the amount of relentless pressure and successfully held on to book their place in the final four.

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 0

SuperSport United (1) 1 (Brockie 6′)

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Mphahlele (Jayiya 82′), Gordinho, Mathoho, Masilela – Maluleka, Katsande, Ekstein, Tshabalala – Parker (Malongoane 73′), Paez

SuperSport United: Williams; Kekana, Gould, Daniels (Mashamaite 80′), Modiba – Furman, Letsholonyane, Alexander (Phala 46′) – Wome (Nhlapo 68′), Grobler, Brockie

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