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World Cup Qualifiers: Super Eagles Salvage Draw Against Zimbabwe
In a thrilling Group C encounter at Butare in Rwanda, Kelechi Iheanacho’s 67th-minute goal spared the Super Eagles from embarrassment on Sunday, securing a 1-1 draw against Zimbabwe in the ongoing 2026 World Cup Qualification Competition.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the game’s hosts, Zimbabwe, took an early lead in the 26th minute when Walter Musona skillfully converted a free-kick from approximately 30 meters out.
The dramatic equalizer by Iheanacho emphasized the critical need for the Nigerian team’s technical crew to reevaluate their goalkeeping strategies, particularly in light of the goal conceded by Francis Uzoho. The goalkeeper’s delayed response to the long-range shot from Musona raised questions about the team’s defensive capabilities.
NAN’s analysis revealed that the draw leaves Nigeria with only two points from their first two matches in the group. Looking ahead, the Super Eagles are set to host South Africa in a crucial Match Day 3 fixture scheduled for June 5.
As the team grapples with the challenges of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers, fans and football enthusiasts await improvements in both performance and strategic planning to secure a spot in the prestigious tournament.