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Football friendly match: Nigeria 1, France 0

Super Eagles celebrating victory

A first half goal by Joseph Akala saw Nigeria’s National football team, the Super Eagles defeating their French counterparts in a football friendly played this evening at Saint-Etienne

The international soccer friendly was packaged as part of the Nigerian team’s preparations for its forthcoming encounters in the joint qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup and the African Cup of Nations.

The friendly comes after Nigeria’s 1-1 draw against Ireland in London on Friday.

On Sunday, the Eagles will host the Harambee Stars of Kenya in their second group B match in the final stage of the joint qualifiers. Later in the month, the Eagles will again play Tunisia.

Nigeria played goalless with Mozambique in the group B opener, a result that has raised fears about its qualification for the first World Cup to be played on the African soil (South Africa).

Tunisia, which beat Kenya 2-1, leads the group with three points, followed by Mozambique and Nigeria with one point each. Kenya is glued to the bottom without a point.

Only the top team in each of the five African qualifying groups will advance to the 2010 World Cup. The top three will pick the tickets for the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola.

A presidential task force set up to ensure Nigeria’s qualification for the 2010 World Cup has dangled US$200,000 for three unreplied goals by Nigeria against Kenya.