Nigeria sealed qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia thanks to Alex Iwobi’s 73rd minute strike.
After four round of matches and in need of a win against Zambia to qualify for the World Cup, Iwobi – a second half substitute cooly slotted in Shehu Abdullahi’s cut back from the right flank to give Nigeria the lead.
Zambia matched the Eagles in all departments and almost took the lead when Lungu’s long range shot was pushed onto the post by Ezenwa.
Odion Ighalo then missed a chance for Nigeria to take a lead into the break, but the Changchun Yatai striker failed to keep his shot down as he blazed over.
In need of a goal, Gernot Rohr took off the ineffective Simon Moses and brought on Iwobi. The Arsenal player found himself unmarked inside the area when he cooly slotted Shehu’s cross in between the legs of Mweene to score the only goal of the game.
Nigeria’s defence held on to the slender victory as both sides failed to produce any real quality afterwards.
After five matches Nigeria sit top of Group B with 13 points, six points clear of Zambia on seven points.