Nigeria and Lesotho are set to face off for the fifth time at the men’s full international level in the World Cup qualifier. The Super Eagles hold an impeccable record against Lesotho, having triumphed in all four previous encounters, making them clear favorites in this upcoming showdown, MySportDab reports.
Managed by Jose Peseiro, Nigeria enters the match in formidable form, having remained undefeated in their last five outings. This includes noteworthy victories and a crucial draw, breaking a 15-game Friendly winless streak.
The Eagles are fueled by the disappointment of missing out on World Cup qualification in the previous edition, motivating them to seek redemption in this campaign.
The absence of key players Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, and Wilfred Ndidi poses a challenge for Nigeria, but with a talented squad, they aim to seamlessly fill the void.
The successful 2023 AFCON qualification run serves as a blueprint as they vie for an automatic ticket in Group C.
Lesotho, on paper, is considered the underdog in a competitive Group C featuring South Africa, Benin Republic, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda. A robust performance against Nigeria in Uyo could elevate Lesotho’s standing as they embark on their World Cup qualification journey.
Lesotho’s resilience was evident in the 2023 AFCON qualifiers, where they held Ivory Coast to a commendable 0-0 draw. The Crocodiles also showcased their prowess in the 2023 COSAFA Cup, reaching the final where they were narrowly defeated 1-0 by Zambia.
Nigeria, labeled as favorites, will field a predicted starting lineup featuring Uzoho, Iwobi, Onyeka, and Iheanacho. However, they must remain cautious of Lesotho, who, despite being perceived as underdogs, have proven their mettle on various occasions.
The predicted starting lineup for Lesotho includes Moerane, Lebokollane, Mokhachane, and Sefali, key players expected to challenge Nigeria’s defense.
As the Super Eagles aim for a triumphant start in the World Cup qualification, the encounter promises an exciting and closely contested battle. With both teams eager to make their mark on the road to Qatar 2022, football enthusiasts can anticipate a thrilling display of skill, strategy, and determination in this crucial qualifier.