The Super Eagles of Nigeria began their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification series on a shaky note with a one-all draw against Lesotho.
Nigeria came into the match as overwhelming favorites and started the game the better side but failed to convert most of the chances created.
The Super Eagles had five shots on target in the first half but none fell into the back of the net as Lesotho’s goalkeeper, Sekhoane Moerane stayed resolute in between the sticks.
The first half ended goaless with the Super Eagles having most of the ball but with nothing to show for it.
Lesotho eventually broke the deadlock via a set piece 11 minutes after restart. Motlomelo Mkwanazi was left unmarked in the box and his thumping header from a corner gave the away side the lead.
Bayer Leverkusen’s striker, Victor Boniface could have restored parity for the Super Eagles but his effort from the edge of the box struck the post.
Semi Ajayi eventually eventually equalized for the Super Eagles via a powerful header from Kelechi Iheanacho’s corner.
Despite waves of attack from the Super Eagles in the final quarter of the match, Lesotho didnt crack but remained firm in defense as they earned a point away from home.
Nigeria will take on Zimbabwe on Sunday as they look to get their World Cup qualification back on track having missed out on the last edition in Qatar.
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