LAGOS, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian soccer team Search and Groom moved a step closer to secure a quarterfinal berth at the Homeless World Cup in Melbourne Australia, a world street soccer gathering, after breezing past the preliminary round in style.
According to a report on the Vanguard on Monday, the Search and Groom team demolished India 15-0 then followed with another 15 against the Philippines in the final game of the preliminary group to take maximum points of fifteen from five games, ensuring qualification into the secondary and final group of the best 24 teams.
The loss of three players who were unable to join up with the rest of the squad due to flight hitches, failed to deter the team on Thursday as they started the secondary round of group B games along with Poland, Scotland, South Africa and host Australia.
In games played early Thursday, Nigeria walloped Poland 7-3 with four goals coming from Lukmon Jimoh, a brace from Dare Yakub and a lone strike from Shola Jacob.
South Africa were the next victims, going down 7-10. Goalkeeper Shola Jacob, converted to outfield to fill in for the missing players, scored a hat trick and provided four assists for Lukmon Jimoh and Dare Yakub.
Host Australia also fell to the team coached by Fola Kuku. Hattricks from both Dare Yakub and Shola Jacobs coupled with Lukmon Jimoh's four goals helped the Nigerian team achieve a 10-3 win.
Nigeria currently lead the race to the quarter-finals after amassing 9 points from 3 games followed by Scotland on the same number of points, but Nigeria are ahead on goals difference of 14 to Scotland's 11. Ghana are third with six points.
Two more games will be played by Nigeria on Friday afternoon. The first game will be against defending champion Scotland and the second against Ghana.