A narrow 2-1 win over a determined Cameroonian side saw the Nigerian team register two wins out of two in Pool A. However, to ensure they finish first in the pool, they must beat Benin Republic – a side just as good and ruthless as they are.
The Beninese are tied on points with Nigeria as well as having an identical win-loss rubber differential. They beat Cameroon 2-1 in the first tie and dismantled the Rwandans 3-0 in the second.
The third tie on Friday would be the seventh meeting between these two West African sides in the Davis Cup, with Benin Republic leading the head-to-head 4-2. Their most recent encounter was in Cairo in 2014 where Benin Republic clinched a 2-1 win.
Will Nigeria now exact revenge and top the Pool?
Whoever tops Pool A, will face the second placed team in Pool B, and that could be Kenya, while Pool B table toppers, Namibia will face whoever comes second in Pool A. This will be done to determine which two nations are promoted to Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2019.
Nigeria versus Benin is live on Friday from the Nairobi Club in Nairobi, Kenya.