The Super Eagles commenced their 2026 World Cup qualifiers by hosting Lesotho in a competitive match.


In the first half, the Super Eagles had opportunities to score, with Kelechi Iheanacho’s impressive free-kick saved by the Lesotho goalkeeper. However, a notable moment occurred when Iheanacho missed an open goal, denying the Super Eagles a lead. Both teams entered halftime with a 0-0 scoreline.

Lesotho took the lead in the 56th minute through Mkwanazi, surprising the Super Eagles. Moses Simon’s attempt to put Nigeria ahead in the 64th minute hit the post.

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The Super Eagles equalized in the 67th minute, as Semi Ajayi headed in a corner from Kelechi Iheanacho.

Top 3 Players for the Super Eagles against Lesotho:

1. Alex Iwobi

The Super Eagles midfielder showcased excellent performance, earning the highest rating in the game. He effectively controlled the midfield and orchestrated plays for the home team.

2. Semi Ajayi

Ajayi played a crucial role in preventing a defeat for Nigeria, scoring the equalizer with a well-executed header. His defensive contributions were commendable.

3. Kelechi Iheanacho

Despite missing a clear opportunity in the first half, Iheanacho played a pivotal role in Semi Ajayi’s equalizing goal. Additionally, he displayed skill with a notable free-kick saved by the Lesotho goalkeeper.

Underperforming Players:

1. Bright Osayi

Osayi received the lowest rating in the game, lacking effectiveness and failing to contribute significantly to the team.

2. Francis Uzoho

Uzoho shared the lowest rating with Bright Osayi. While he couldn’t do much about Lesotho’s goal, his overall performance was subpar, and he conceded again.

3. Ademola Lookman

Substituted in the 59th minute, Lookman had a below-par performance, earning a low ranking and failing to make a positive impact in a Super Eagles shirt.