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Events turning positive for Super Eagles; may pick playoff ticket tonight

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Events in Tangier, Morocco and in Cape Verde are turning in Nigeria’s favour. In the Group C match involving Cape Verde and Central African Republic, the visitors shot into the lead in the 11th minute through Isaac Ngoma.

That has already eased pressure on Nigeria as the gap with the second placed Cape Verde is further extended.

Barely four minutes after the Central Africans shot ahead, Nigeria in their own match also went ahead through Victor Osimhen who converted a penalty kick after Kelechi Iheanancho was fouled by the Liberian goalkeeper.

So going into half-time, Nigeria lead the group with 12 points and followed by seven-pointer Cape Verde and followed by Central African Republic who also had seven but with inferior goal difference.

If the status quo is maintained in the end of second half, Nigeria will have a permanent lead of the group.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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