Nigeria Struggles with Lesotho in Their First 2026 World Cup Qualifying Match

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Nigeria vs Lesotho live Update world cup qualifiers, Prediction, h2h , team news.

Full Time : Nigeria 1 – 1 Lesotho.

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“Nigeria will face Lesotho today Thursday in their first World Cup qualifying match at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.

The 10-match qualifying series will span over the next 47 months.

The group winners will secure their place for the World Cup, scheduled to take place in the United States, Mexico, and Canada in 2026.


After failing to qualify for the 2022 edition, the Super Eagles hope to secure the ticket from Group C.

Group C comprises Nigeria, South Africa, Benin, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Lesotho.”

Live : Nigeria vs Lesotho ( 1:1)

90+5 : Super Eagles still pushing forward.

69 Mins – Substitution for Lesotho.

67 Mins – Goal! Nigeria 1-1. Ajayi equalizes from a corner kick.


65 Mins – Nigeria earns a corner.

64 Mins – Nigeria is struggling to break down Lesotho’s defense.

63 Mins – Nigeria hits Lesotho’s post after Iheanacho fires a hot shot.

62 Mins – Throw-in to Nigeria in Lesotho’s half.

58 Mins – Taiwo Awoninyi has been substituted, and Moses Simon has entered the game


56 Mins: Brilliant goal , M. Mkwanazi 56′

47 Mins – Lesotho attempts a long shot to catch the Nigerian goalkeeper who was out of position, but the ball goes out for a goal kick.


46 Mins – Lesotho attempts to play a long pass, but the ball doesn’t reach the striker; instead, it fouls the Nigeria defender.

45 Mins – The second half has started.



First half Nigeria 0: Lesotho 0

38 Mins – Another chance for Nigeria; this time, Lookman couldn’t beat the goalkeeper, who saved his shot.

35 Mins – Taiwo misses a big chance to score after he receives a pass from Boniface inside the penalty box.

33 Mins – Ihenacho takes the free-kick; the goalkeeper punches it before the ball goes out for a corner.


31 Mins – Lookman wins a foul for Nigeria in a dangerous position on the edge of the box.

29 Mins – Iheanacho tries to break on the left side for Nigeria, but the defense clears the final pass inside the box.

28 Mins – Another long ball from Lesotho, but there’s no way through for the visitors.


27 Mins – Nigeria tries to take the free-kick quickly, but Lesotho players block the ball.

26 Mins – Foul to Nigeria.

25 Mins – Lesotho defends the corner kick well.

24 Mins – Nigeria attacks Lesotho from the wings, but the defense kicks the ball out for a corner kick.

22 Mins – Nigeria forces a save from Lesotho’s goalkeeper.

21 Mins – Throw-in to Nigeria.

19 Mins – Iwobi tries to start another attack for Nigeria, but his pass doesn’t work.

18 Mins – Free-kick for Nigeria, but it’s a poor effort from the Super Eagles.

16 Mins – Lesotho doesn’t really worry Nigeria from the corner kick.

15 Mins – Lesotho almost scores from a quick counter-attack, but Uzoho punches the ball to the corner.

13 Mins – Nigeria has plenty of possession.

12 Mins – Throw-in to Lesotho.

1 Min – The match has started.

In an exciting build-up to the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier, Nigeria’s Super Eagles, led by coach Jose Peseiro, are set to face Lesotho on Thursday evening at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

Nigeria vs Lesotho Lineups Unveiled for world cup qualifiers

Peseiro has revealed his formidable 23-man squad, featuring stars such as Kelechi Iheanacho from Leicester City, Ademola Lookman from Atalanta, Alex Iwobi from Fulham, Frank Onyeka from Brentford, and Nottingham Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi and Olaoluwa Aina, among others.

Nigeria vs Lesotho world cup qualifiers team news 

However, key players Victor Osimhen (Napoli), Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan), and Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) will be absent from the lineup against Lesotho.

  • Nigeria vs Lesotho h2h

Nigeria and Lesotho have a history of three encounters since 2007, with the 2013 AFCON Champions claiming victory in all three matches. The Super Eagles are expected to maintain this winning streak against Leslie Notsi’s side.

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Nigeria finds itself in Group C of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier, where they will also face Zimbabwe, Benin, South Africa, and Rwanda.

The team heads into the game following a 3-2 victory against Mozambique and a 2-2 draw against Saudi Arabia in their last friendly games in October. Peseiro, appointed as the head coach on May 15, 2022, has seen the team win five and lose eight games under his leadership.

Wakanda FC midfielder, Alpha Markus Sidi, shared his expectations, stating, “It will be a tough game, but I expect Nigeria to take advantage of playing at home and beat Lesotho.” Despite the absence of key players, Sidi believes the Super Eagles have the strength to secure a win, predicting a 2-0 victory in favor of Nigeria.

Nigeria vs Lesotho Venue

Nigeria vs Lesotho world cup qualifiers will be  played on Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

Nigeria vs Lesotho Time and Date

The match will be played  on Thursday, 16, 2023 and the kickoff for the Nigeria vs Lesotho match is set for 5 pm. Football enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating a thrilling performance from the Super Eagles as they embark on their World Cup qualifying journey.



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