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Nigeria first to reach Brazil


By Edmund Bobie


Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil after a 2-0 home win over Ethiopia in Calabar. The African champions, Nigeria booked a qualification ticket after a 4 – 1 aggregate playoff victory over Ethiopia.

The Super Eagles went into the game with a 2 – 1 advantage over the Ethiopians. Victor Moses converted a 20th minute penalty and Victor Obinna added the second from a free kick in the 82nd-minute.

Nigeria thus qualifies for their fifth World Cup, having appeared in the mundial on four occasions.

Other playoff games between Senegal v Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso v Algeria, Tunisia v Cameroon and Ghana against Egypt will be decided in the next days.


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