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Nigeria qualify for the World Cup

Nigeria celebrate
The final whistle blows in Nairobi and Nigeria celebrate qualification.

Nigeria have qualified for South Africa 2010 after defeating Kenya's Harambee Stars 3-2.

They also have Mozambique to thank for beating Tunisia 1-nil in Maputo to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Nigeria got off to a nervous start against the Harambee stars.

Kenya's Dennis Oliech was the first to draw blood scoring after 16 minutes.

Nigeria missed chance after chance in the first half which ended 1-0.

Nigeria's 200 or so spectators at the stadium began had their spirits lifted after Nigeria's Obafemi Martins equalised on 62 minutes and Yakubu Aiyegbeni netted again just three minutes later.

Kenyan fans began throwing plastic bottles onto the pitch bringing the game to a halt briefly while the pitch was cleared of debris.

Meanwhile in Maputo the goalless deadlock was broken when Dario scored on 83 minutes.

But the goals were still coming in Nairobi.

Harambee Stars equalized through Allan Wetende with just eleven minutes remaining.

But Obafemi Martins saved the day for the Super Eagles netting his second goal of the game on 83 minutes.

Fans in Maputo began celebrating wildly as did Nigeria's loyal fans in Nairobi.

This will be Nigeria's fourth appearance at the World Cup finals.

They qualified in 1994, 1998 and in 2002.



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see also
Who has qualified for South Africa 2010?
19 Nov 09 |  Internationals
African World Cup qualifiers
14 Nov 09 |  African
Final 2010 places up for grabs
13 Nov 09 |  African
Nigeria 'ready' for Kenya test
13 Nov 09 |  African


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