Super Eagles soar to big win over Lesotho

Super Eagles soar to big win over Lesotho
Victor Osimhen of Nigeria

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Nov 17, 2019. 20:03

Victor Osimhen inspired Nigeria to a 4-2 win over Lesotho in a Group L 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier at the Setsoto Stadium on Sunday.

The Lille forward scored a brace and registered two assists as the Super Eagles came from behind for the second game in succession, to claim all three points.

Victory moves Gernot Rohr’s men three points clear of Benin who beat Sierra Leone 1-0 in Porto-Novo earlier today.

Likuena opened the scoring in Maseru after just 13 minutes as Nkoto Masoabi rose above his marker before nodding home past Daniel Akpeyi in the Nigerian goal.

Osimhen, though, would take the game by the scruff of its neck; teeing up Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze within the space of 10 first-half minutes as the Super Eagles carried a narrow lead into the break.

The forward doubled Nigeria’s lead in the 75th minute, striking home from an Ola Aina cross before completing his brace nine minutes later.

Chidozie Awaziem netted a late own goal as Lesotho managed some consolation late on, but in all it was a convincing victory for Nigeria who continue their qualifying campaign at home to Sierra Leone next August. Lesotho’s third round clash will be away to Benin in nine months time.

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