The Super Eagles of Nigeria have qualified for 2022 Fifa World Cup qualification play-off after playing out a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Tuesday.
The three-time African champions were uninspiring but the result is good enough for the team to play in the final round of qualifiers for the global showpiece event as they finished as Group C leaders with 13 points after six games.
A Victor Osimhen’s first minute opener had put fans in high spirit with the hope that the flood gates of goals were opened but that was not to be as that was quickly cancelled in the sixth minute by Ianique Tavares.
The first half was nervy as both sides sought to score the second goal but that was not to be with the game being nerve-wrecking encounter.
Despite the 66% possession and with four shots on target, the Nigerian side were unable to increase the scoreline.
Nigeria has participated in all FIFA World Cup final tournaments since its debut in 1994 in the United States of America, bar the 2006 finals in Germany that she missed narrowly after FIFA opted to use the head-to-head rule in the qualifying campaign, which favoured Angola.
The final round of the African qualifying series will hold in March 2022.
Meanwhile, Gernot Rohr is now the most capped handler of the three-time African champions in history with 55 games under his belt according to Goal.com
He had edged Shaibu Amodu Saturday’s 2-0 triumph over Liberia at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier before moving clear after yesterday’s game at the Teslim Balogun Stadium
Rohr took over the West Africans in 2016 as a permanent replacement for Sunday Oliseh.
His first game was against Tanzania on September 3, 2016, in the final game of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers – winning 1-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium – with Kelechi Iheanacho’s 79th-minute effort separating both sides.
Rohr’s first defeat came against South Africa – bowing 2-0 in Uyo to Bafana Bafana.
On October 7, 2017, his Super Eagles became the first African side to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup after a 1–0 win against Zambia.
Two years later, the former Gabon and Burkina Faso coach led Nigeria to a third-place finish at the 2019 Afcon in Egypt.