Super Eagles Coach Jose Peseiro says the team’s 1-1 draw in Uyo on Thursday with Lesotho at the last 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier match was an unfortunate encounter and dull performance.
The Super Eagles were defeated by their visitors at home in front of a small crowd, as they were unable to inspire in the rainy weather at Godswill Akpabio Stadium. Lesotho is now rated 153rd in the world, 113 spots below Nigeria’s 40th position.
Following a goalless first half, Motlomelo Mkwanazi gave Lesotho an unexpected lead from a corner kick. Eleven minutes later, Semi Ajayi of West Brom headed Nigeria equal from a corner kick by Kelechi Iheanacho.
Despite maintaining their lead, Peseiro’s team was unable to overcome their tenacious opponents, who managed to steal a point.
“We had 76% of the ball possession against 24%, the opponents only had two chances to score and scored a goal,. In the post-match press conference, Peseiro stated, “We are disappointed with the outcome.
Nigeria’s draw with the small team gives South Africa and Benin Republic, who haven’t played in the qualification campaign, an upper hand in Group C.
Nigeria is currently ranked second in the group, behind Lesotho, while Rwanda and Zimbabwe, who drew goallessly on Wednesday, are ranked third and fourth respectively.
On Sunday, the Super Eagles will take on Zimbabwe at their chosen stadium in Rwanda.