The Super Eagles of Nigeria saturday prevailed 1-0 in a tense match against the Copper Bullets of Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo to qualify for next year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.
The Arsenal attacker's goal proved to be the difference between the teams, with Nigeria seeing out the rest of the game in relative comfort to secure a place in next year's World Cup.
Egypt can reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990 if it beats Republic of Congo to end the penultimate round of qualifiers.
The greater number of victories in the played matches remains on the account of the national team of Nigeria.
His introduction paid off when he fired home from Shehu's cross the earn Nigeria the much needed victory.
Zambia had the better chances in the first half with Alex Ngonga proving a handful for Echeijile in the left flank.
Derrick Nsibambi could have headed the Cranes ahead in the 64th minute, but somehow missed the target from inside the six-yard box.
Burkina Faso's hopes of a first appearance at the World Cup were dealt a blow when it lost in South Africa 3-1.
The final stages of the first half was a tiresome affair as the sides went into the break goalless.
Burkina Faso's consolation was a superb free-kick by Bertrand Traore three minutes from time.
Sat atop of the table by the slender margin of one point, Nigeria - fresh off winning Olympic gold - travelled to Burkina Faso and struggled on a bumpy pitch that eventually proved their redemption. The only loss of points came in an understandable draw away from home against Cameroon.
Zambia has been known to come to the party when the stakes are high with the motivation to fell the Super Eagles in their backyard a motivation for the Chipolopolo.