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LAGOS , Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's Super Eagles on Saturday qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 1-0 win over Zambia in oil rich city of Uyo, with an unassailable 6-point lead after five matches in Group B.

The Nigerian side, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in southern city of Uyo, Akwa Ibom defeated the Zambian national football team by 1-0 through a goal by Alex Iwobi.

The Super Eagles, with an away-match left to play against the Algerian national team, has already qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

With the victory, Nigeria now tops their Group B which comprises Cameroon , Zambia and Algeria with 13 points and qualified for the World Cup with a game to spare.

Nigeria had defeated Zambia 2-1 in Ndola to kick off their Group B World Cup campaign.

With the home victory over the Zambians who have never featured in the Mundial, Nigeria has registered its sixth World Cup appearance after Brazil 2014.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles on their victory over the Chipolopolo of Zambia, describing it as very sweet, soothing and a 57th Independence Anniversary gift to the nation.

In a statement made available to Xinhua in Lagos, the Nigerian leader applauded the Super Eagles for the feat of making Nigeria the first African country to qualify for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, with a match left to play.

Buhari called on all Nigerians to apply the values of perseverance , resilience, discipline, hard work and team-spirit, which propelled the players to excel since the beginning of the qualifying matches, to all sectors of national life.

He promised that the government would continue to support the team within available resources so that the nation will maximise the unifying potentials of sports in general and football in particular.

RABAT, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Morocco defeated Gabon 3-0 on Saturday to edge closer to the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

At the Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca, the Moroccan squad largely dominated the game , creating numerous goal attempts.

Khalid Boutaib was the man of the match, scoring at the 38th, 56th, 72nd minute.

Benefiting from Cote d'Ivoire's 0-0 draw with Mali on Friday, Morocco moved to the top spot in Group C with nine points, one more than former group leaders Cote d'Ivoire.

In the final-round fixture, Morocco will visit Cote d'Ivoire next month to get their ticket to the World Cup in Russia.

SINGAPORE , Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- From pop culture to fine arts, from endangered primates to fables and folklores, Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) on Friday presented a new exhibition with monkey-themed stamps, philatelic materials and interactive exhibits to welcome the Year of Monkey.

Entitled "More than Monkeys", more than 300 stamps on display, mostly from Asia, Africa , Central and South America, narrate this storyline. Visitors can not only find newly issued Chinese zodiac stamps, but also well-preserved ones issued in the past. The oldest stamp can be dated back to 1947.

One of the highlights is the newly issued Zodiac Monkey stamp by Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) on Jan. 8. The stamp set comprises three stamps in various denominations, namely 1st Local, 70 cents and 1.30 Singapore dollars.

Each stamp presents a colorful illustration of the monkey, which is the ninth animal sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle. Designed by Leo Teck Chong, the monkey stamp set is the ninth of 12 sets of stamps in the second zodiac stamp series issued by SingPost which began in 2008.

"I believed he (the designer) has followed certain mode , almost for the previous eight years. The animals are actually in this style... I think he depicted the monkeys very well. They look agile, they look lively," said Chua Mei Lin, curator of SPM.

Japan was the first country in the world to introduce the zodiac theme on stamps in 1950, which was the Year of Tiger. In 2016, Japan issued four stamps with monkeys, and one of the four can be seen at the exhibition.

It's estimated that 54 stamps with monkeys from China are on display , including the famous "Red Monkey" stamp, which shows a black monkey on a dark red background.

Chua told Xinhua that this stamp is one of the most sought-after zodiac stamps. Designed by renowned Chinese artist Huang Yongyu, and lithographer and sculptor Shao Bolin, it was the first zodiac stamp issued by China in 1980.

When talking about monkeys, people may think of Sun Wukong, also known as Monkey King, a main character in the Chinese classical novel "Journey to the West." The exhibition also showcases various stamps related to the story of Sun Wukong.

"Sun Wukong is a traditional classic that almost all Chinese know about. So I was very surprised when I was doing the research to find there were so many stamps printed on the Chinese fable. They highlighted Sun Wukong , and that was interesting. The color was very well," said Chua.

According to Chinese astrology and belief, those born in the Year of Monkey are often said to possess character traits such as curiosity, mischievousness and cleverness. They are fun and loving persons who are always cheerful and energetic.

Besides knowledge on Chinese astrology, the exhibition may also arouse people's awareness to protect the primates, as visitors can get more information about global issues, such as deforestation , poaching and conservation, with less known facts about the primates and their everyday habits.

There are over 260 types of monkeys living around the world and they are of different shapes, sizes and colors. "Old World" monkeys live in Africa and Asia, while "New World" monkeys live in Central and South America. Many primates, such as the golden langur and common squirrel monkey, are on the endangered li.




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