After a last minute 1-0 win over the Squirrels of Benin in Porto-Novo which shot them to an unassailable 11 points in their 2021 AFCON qualifying group, the Super Eagles returned to Lagos on Sunday afternoon and are looking forward to a colourful house party against the Crocodiles of Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday.
Substitute Paul Onuachu’s last-gasp bullet header secured all the points, restored the Nigeria team’s winning mentality and condemned Benin Republic to a dogfight with the Leone Stars in their own encounter in Freetown.
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It will be recalled that when the Super Eagles and the Crocodiles of Lesotho clashed 16 months ago in Maseru, a brace by Victor Osimhen and one each by Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze steered the Eagles to a 4-2 win.
However, it was the three time African champions who conceded first when Nkoto Masoabi rose highest in-between two Super Eagles defenders to nod powerfully past Daniel Akpeyi in the 11th minute before.
Stung into action, the Super Eagles then pumped four goals past goalkeeper Moerane Sekhoane before an own goal by defender Chidozie Awaziem gave the scoreline a semblance of respectability for the hosts.
According to the NFF, the match commissioner and referees for the match arrived on Sunday but Super Eagles opponents will fly into Nigeria on Monday morning.
Lesotho, who bravely held Sierra Leone to a scoreless draw in Maseru on Saturday but are no longer in the running for a ticket to Cameroon, will have their official training at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Monday evening by 5pm.