Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Zimbabwe played to a 1-1 draw in a 2026 World Cup qualifier on Sunday.
Walter Musona opened the scoring with a remarkable long-range free-kick, putting Zimbabwe ahead early in the match. Despite Nigeria’s desire to recover from their previous draw against Lesotho, they faced an early setback.
The Super Eagles pressed for an equalizer and eventually found success in the 67th minute. Kelechi Iheanacho capitalized on a well-delivered cross from Moses Simon, slotting the ball home from close range.
Both teams had opportunities to secure a victory in the later stages of the game, but neither could capitalize, leading to a shared point.
After two matches in Group C, Nigeria now holds two points, having drawn both games. Zimbabwe, too, has accumulated two points, having drawn their group opener against Rwanda.
As the next set of qualifying matches is scheduled for the coming year, Nigeria needs to regroup and strengthen their performance if they aim to achieve their dream of making a seventh World Cup appearance.
The Super Eagles have now amassed two points from two games. They will host the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in their next game in the qualifiers, in June 2024.
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Uzoho has to be the worst thing that ever happened to the Super Eagles of Nigeria. He’s never beating the allegations because what is this?? 😂 pic.twitter.com/pSozd65C21
— KingChu (@Kaydbrand) November 19, 2023
Kelechi Iheanacho pulled one back in the second half for the Super Eagles, to make it Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 1-1 🇳🇬Nigeria.
Africa’s 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.
— Mimi Fawaz (@MimosaFawaz) November 19, 2023
KanyiDaily recalls that Jose Peseiro, the head coach of the Super Eagles, has blamed his Nigerian team’s 1-1 tie with Lesotho on bad luck.