Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho strike for Nigeria in World Cup qualifier
By AFP Sport
Last Updated: 29/12/16 8:11pm
Arsenal's Alex Iwobi and Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho scored for Nigeria in their World Cup qualifier against Zambia on Sunday.
The two 20-year-old strikers scored in the opening half of a 2-1 victory at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in the Zambian city of Ndola, with the country's president Edgar Lungu among those in attendance.
Iwobi, who has started four of Arsenal's Premier League games so far this season, pounced on a weak headed clearance and slammed the ball past goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene from close range in the 32nd minute.
Neat one-touch passing set-up Iheanacho 10 minutes later and he rounded Mweene before calmly slotting the ball into the net just before half-time, continuing his impressive form under Pep Guardiola.
Zambia dominated the second period, and a blunder from Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo allowed veteran striker Collins Mbesuma to set up a tense finish when he pulled a goal back with 19 minutes left.
But an equaliser eluded the Chipolopolo, who themselves are seeking a first World Cup appearance, while the Super Eagles have already been to the finals five times.
Seven matches into the African group phase, Nigeria are the only country to win away after three home victories and three draws.
The two teams are in Group B, labelled the 'group of death' because it contains three qualifiers from the 2014 World Cup - Algeria, Cameroon and Nigeria.
Algeria hosted record seven-time African qualifiers Cameroon later Sunday in Blida in a venue where the North African Desert Foxes are virtually invincible.