A last-gasp strike from Victor Obinna kept Nigeria's slim hopes of qualifying for next year's FIFA World Cup™ finals alive after they grabbed all the points with a 1-0 win over Mozambique.
However, the Super Eagles will be relying heavily on the other result in Group B when the last round of matches come around next month after leaders Tunisia also won by the same margin against Kenya.
The north Africans, though, were looking assured of a place in South Africa heading into the third minute of stoppage time in Abuja. That is when the hosts finally broke their visitors' resistance thanks to substitute Obinna.
Peter Odemwingie's cross from the left caused mayhem in the Mozambican penalty area, with goalkeeper Joao Kampango only managing to parry a shot from Obafemi Martins. Malaga striker Obinna found himself in the right place at the right time to finish from close range.
In Rades, a seventh-minute goal from Issam Jomaa was enough to give Tunisia a 1-0 win over bottom-placed Kenya. The three points for the Cartage Eagles keeps them two points clear of their west African rivals at the top of the pool.
Mozambique, who host the Tunisians on the final matchday, have four points and hold the all-important third qualifying spot for the 2010 African Nations Cup - the top three teams in each of the five groups will seal their place at the finals in Angola - while Nigeria's final round opponents, Kenya, are on three points.