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Rwanda offer ‘line of life’ to Super Eagles





Nigeria’s major rivals in the Group C of the World Cup qualifiers, South Africa, have been unexpectedly dealt a severe blow by relatively lower placed Rwanda.

Against all expectations, South Africa were beaten 2-0, dropping to the second position on the log, but pushing Nigeria down to the third position.

Though a precarious situation, Nigeria’s Super Eagles now have their destiny back in their hands if they can beat South Africa in June to climb up with five points and then days later make a short trip to Benin to face Gernot Rohr’s Benin Republic.


Picking points from those two matches can get Nigeria back on track for the World Cup qualification.

South Africa had on Tuesday been projected to have maximum points and get a four-point lead ahead of Nigeria in the MarchDay 3 fixtures.

But the helping hand from Rwanda, the latest major contender, has changed the complexion of Group C as they stand atop.

‘Innocently’ Innocent Nshuti shot Rwanda ahead in the 12th minute and almost immediately got a yellow card from the Egyptian referee.

Twenty minutes later, Gilbert Mugisha doubled the lead for Rwanda



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.