2026 World Cup qualifier: Poor Super Eagles settle for draw against Lesotho

The Super Eagles of Nigeria began the 2026 World Cup qualifiers Group C Match Day 1 game on a shaky note on Thursday evening as they were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Lesotho at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

The game saw Lesotho take the lead as Motlomelo Mkhwanazi beat goalkeeper Uzoho with the Crocodiles’ first shot on target in the 56th minute.

Nigeria needed a huge response, and it arrived in the 67th minute when Semi Ajayi powered home a header off another fine Iheanacho corner-kick to hand the home team the equaliser.

Both sides sought for a winner late on, but settled for a draw in the end. They now have one point each in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification group.

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winners were the massive favourites against the Crocodiles. While many thought Nigeria would collect an easy win, they have somewhat surprisingly dropped two points at home against world number 153 Lesotho.

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