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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have consolidated their leadership of the Group L in the qualifying series for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.


With the series going into halfway mark in next year’s Match Day 3, the Super Eagles have six points following their second consecutive win in the series.


They followed their earlier scrappy 2-1 defeat of Benin last week with a more assuring 4-2 away win against Lesotho in Maseru on Sunday. The win keeps the team afloat ahead of their closest rival, Benin, whose 1-0 home win fetched them three points.

As it was last week, the Super Eagles began on a shaky note when they conceded an early goal. The hosts went ahead in the 11th minute as Masoabi Nkoto’s header found Nigeria’s net.

The Eagles thereafter stepped up their game and a combination of in-form Victor Osimhen and Alex Iwobi saw the latter flicking the ball into the net for the equalizer in the 26th minute.



Ten minutes later, Samuel Chukwueze put Nigeria ahead to give the Super Eagles a 2-1 lead into the second half.


The hosts fought back gamely in the second half, but it was the Super Eagles who were on fire!

Tormentor-in-Chief, Victor Osimhen put in the third goal in the 75th minute. The goal was the his third for Nigeria but the first in open play having previously scored from the penalty spot against Ukraine and Benin Republic. He rounded up his splendid display with another goal in the 85th minute.


Lesotho later profited from an own goal as Chidozie Awaziem chipped the ball into net in a frantic effort to make a clearance.


Nigeria’s next game in the series comes up at home against Sierra Leone on August 31 next year.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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