Iheanacho and Iwobi score in Nigeria win

Kelechi Iheanacho

Nigeria’s Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho

Nigeria began their group campaign in Africa’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a 2-1 victory away to Zambia on Sunday in Group B, as Egypt defeated Congo 2-1 in Brazzaville in Group E.

Nigeria’s goals came in the first half from two of the English Premier League’s rising stars.

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi put the Super Eagles ahead in the 32nd minute.

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho added a second ten minutes later to put Gernot Rohr’s side 2-0 up.

Ghana’s 0-0 draw at home to Uganda on Friday.


Egypt’s Mohamed Salah

The hosts started brightly when France-based Ferbory Dore headed in the opening goal for Congo Brazzaville in the 24th minute.

A strong Egypt side fought back with Roma star Mohamed Salah equalising four minutes before the break to make it 1-1.

On 58 minutes, Salah turned goal-maker, setting up Al Ahly’s Abdallah El-Said who scored to make it 2-1 to Egypt.

Tunisia were scheduled to play Guinea in Group A in Monastir later on Sunday.

On Saturday, there were opening group wins for Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal.

Only the five group winners will qualify for Russia 2018 from Africa.

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