Nigeria becomes the first African nation to book a spot in Russian Federation.
Mikel admitted during the post-match conference that the technicals player in the Super Eagles sealed the win for the three time African Champions.
This Saturday, October 7, 2017 (9:00 AM Pacific) Nigeria will host Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium for a match in the CAF 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
"It was my goal to qualify this team to an wonderful tournament like the World Cup", Mikel said.
Mikel rated highly the Zambian team they battled against today in Uyo.
Nigeria is undefeated, leading Group B with 10 points and a very impressive goal differential of seven. Their only match not to win was a 1-1 draw away to Cameroon.
Buhari also called on all Nigerians to "apply the values of perseverance, resilience, discipline, hard work and team-spirit" which propelled the footballers to excel since the beginning of the qualifying series, to all sectors of national life. "We know that we still have a good chance of going to the World Cup if we win here in Uyo and that is what we plan to do".
Former Nigeria global Patrick Pascal assures that the Super Eagles will defeat Zambia, stressing that there is nothing to worry about on Saturday.
The former Germany-based player said the Eagles defence is strong enough to withstand the Zambian attack, adding that IfeanyiUbah goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, can stop the Zambians. "I wish him the best and I pray for him every day because this is the highest opportunity he can get in his football career".