2026 World Cup Race: Super Eagles set sights on victory against Zimbabwe’s Warriors

2026 World Cup Race: Super Eagles set sights on victory against Zimbabwe’s Warriors
Super Eagles attacker, Ademola Lookman evades a challenge during the game against Lesotho

Following a 1-1 draw with Lesotho’s Crocodiles in Uyo last week Thursday, both the Super Eagles coach and players have resolutely vowed to approach the remaining nine matches of the qualification series with an unwavering determination, holding victory in each encounter as the sole acceptable outcome.

The three-time African champions will clash with the Warriors of Zimbabwe in Rwanda – Zimbabwe’s adopted home in day 2 of the 2026 FIFA World Cup African qualification series today at the Huye Stadium.

The 20,000-capacity Huye Stadium has an artificial turf, but the Eagles have voiced a collective decision not to be bothered about the playing turf as they seek the maximum three points.

Zimbabwe’s start to their 2026 World Cup qualification journey was quite impressive. After emerging from an 18-month FIFA ban, they managed to secure a goalless draw against Rwanda at Butare’s Huye Stadium.

Although Zimbabwe is ranked 125th in the latest FIFA World Rankings, they have won just one out of their last 15 games, with nine defeats and five draws.

Nigeria has had the upper hand in their previous encounters, with four wins, two draws, and just one loss in six games. They even had a dominant 8-1 aggregate win against Zimbabwe during the 2006 World Cup qualifying series.

Victory today will take the Super Eagles to four points, with the campaign one-fifth of the way gone.

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