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W/C Qualifiers: How Many More Points Do Nigeria Need To Qualify From Group C?

W/C Qualifiers: How Many More Points Do Nigeria Need To Qualify From Group C?
W/C Qualifiers: How Many More Points Do Nigeria Need To Qualify From Group C?

The Super Eagles of Nigeria were in action yesterday in the ongoing FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and they avenged the shocking defeat which they suffered in Lagos to the Central African Republic.

Both teams squared up in Douala, Cameroon for the return fixture and the Nigerian team made no mistake this time around by securing a 2-0 win. Coach Rohr made a few changes to his starting line up and by halftime, the Eagles were two goals up thanks to Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen.

In the other fixture in Group C, Cape Verde recorded a slim win over Liberia to keep the group still open and competitive. The Blue Sharks left it late, scoring in the dying minutes of the game for a 1-0 victory.


The results of yesterday games now make Group C very entertaining going into the last two matches. Nigeria currently tops with 9 points, Cape Verde in second with 7 points, CAR with 4, while Liberia are the weeping boys.

As it stands now, Liberia cannot make it out of the group, leaving only three countries vying for the ticket of group winners.

Looking at the standings, the Cape Verdeans look to be the major challenge for the Super Eagles as just 2 points separate both teams.

However, the chances of them qualifying them ahead of Nigeria seems more tasking. For Cape Verde to qualify, they’ll have to win their next two games to get 13 points, which involves a home fixture against the Super Eagles.

As for Nigeria, all the Super Eagles need to win Group C is four more points which can easily be gotten with a win and a draw. Even if Nigeria and Cape Verde are tied on points, Nigeria should have a better goal difference which will make them group winners.

Getting 4 points from Liberia and Cape Verde shouldn’t be herculean for the Super Eagles.

Can Nigeria easily get the points to emerge as group winners?

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