153-ranked Lesotho forced the Super Eagles to a share of the spoils in the FIFA WCQ, with Semi Ajayi the hero for Nigeria.
came from behind to salvage a point after an uninspiring 1-1 draw against Lesotho at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Thursday.
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'Let's forget about the 2026 World Cup'—Nigerian football fans do not believe this Super Eagles team will win the AFCON or qualify for the World Cup after struggling against Lesotho.
Semi saves Nigeria Super Eagles
In what was the first game of the World Cup qualifier, Nigeria was forced to a share of the spoils at home.
The hosts put up a dominant performance but lacked the requisite cutting edge in the final third to make it count.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles created the best chances in the game but were guilty of being wasteful with Taiwo Awoniyi missing the best chance in the first half.
Jamilu Collins and Kelechi Iheanaho all came close but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in the second half to take a shock lead.
Lesotho shock Nigeria
Eight minutes after the restart and against the run of play, Lesotho found themselves in front.
In what was their first corner of the game, the Crocodiles made it count when Motlomelo Mkwanazi towered above everyone else to head the away side in front.
The Crocodiles celebrated like they had won, with their bench running into the pitch and across to rejoice with the goalscorer.
Super Eagles fightback
Nigeria responded positively to going behind and piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser.
Coach Jose Peseiro subbed on Moses Simon and Terem Moffi for Ademola Lookman and Taiwo Awoniyi.
Nine minutes after going behind, Moses, who had injected more bite to the attack won a corner which Ajayi eventually headed in.
The header by the West Brom defender was powerful and saved Nigeria from a disastrous start to the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
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Nigeria vs Lesotho: Alex Iwobi turns journalist, 'interviews' Aribo, Lookman and newcomer Tella in hilarious video
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Nigeria's Super Eagles will kick off the road to the 2026 FIFA World Cup against Lesotho in the qualifiers.
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The end could be near for Jose Peseiro if he continues to play Francis Uzoho as the Super Eagles number one shot-stopper.