Victor Osimhen and Ahmed Musa both scored penalties as Nigeria beat Liberia 2-0 in a World Cup Qualifying match held in Tangier, Morocco on Saturday.
Napoli’s Osimhen scored in the 15th minute, while Musa’s goal came later on in the 94th minute.
The result leaves Nigeria top of Group C with 12 points, two ahead of closest challengers Cape Verde.
The super eagles would have qualified for the next round with a game to spare if not for a late Cape verde 2-1 win over CAR.
The Central African Republic and Liberia are third and fourth with four and three points respectively.
Only the group winners will advance to the third round where two-legged matches will be played to decide the five countries that will represent Africa at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Saturday’s win puts Nigeria in a pole position to secure the sole ticket to the third round.
But the Super Eagles will have to avoid defeat against Cape Verde on Tuesday in the final round of matches to confirm their progress.