Egypt national team players in training at Namboole stadium in Kampala before they faced Uganda in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
[/media-credit] Action from Egypt vs Uganda Credit: Photo Credits: King Fut

Nigeria and Egypt are the only teams that have confirmed their slots at the forthcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia.

Nigeria edged rivals Zambia 1-0 in Uyo thanks to a late goal from Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi with twelve minutes on the clock.

The win helped the Super Eagles move to 13 points and opens an unassailable lead of six points with only three available in group E.

Egypt on Sunday at the El Borg stadium, Alexandria joined Nigeria to become the second African team to reach the finals.

The winner came in the last minute of additional time from a penalty to send the crowd into frenzy as the Pharaohs reached only their third finals and the first since 1990.

Who will join Nigeria and Egypt?

The remaining three slots will be decided in November but who remains in contention?

From group A, the contest remains between log leaders Tunisia and DR Congo who are on 13 and 10 points respectively.

The Tunisians stand a high chance to reach Russia as they host Libya in the last group game with a draw enough to earn them a slot for the 2018 showpiece.

In group C, the battle remains between Morocco who host Cote d’Ivoire in the decider on November 7.

The Atlas Lions are top with 9 points, one better than The Elephants who need nothing but maximum points to top the group.

Group D is the most interesting with all four teams still with a chance to play in Russia.

South Africa and Senegal have played four games each and thus still have two left after FIFA ordered a replay while Cape Verde and Burkina Faso still have a chance to top the group.

Which giants miss out?

1990 World Cup quarter finalists Cameroon are out of the equation and so are giants Ghana and Algeria who are out even with a game left to complete the campaign.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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