Ex-international, Sunday Oliseh, has slammed the Super Eagles over their failure to beat lowly-rated Lesotho in the opening game of their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo stating that “the home-based players would have done better.”
The Super Eagles despite having 76% of the possession failed to convert their chances and shockingly had to come from behind to force a draw. Motlomelo Mkhwanazi had given the Southern African country the lead in the 56th minute before defender Semi Ajayi grabbed the equalizer in the 67th minute.
Despite over 20 minutes left, the Super Eagles failed to grab the winner against a country raked 113 below them.
The Super Eagles occupy the 40th position in the current FIFA ranking while Lesotho is rated 153rd worldwide. While Nigeria is ranked sixth in Africa, Lesotho is ranked 46th on the continent.
Oliseh lashed out at the team, emphatically stating that he expected the home-based Eagles to walk over Lesotho.
“Haba This nightmare go ever end? Woke up to this shocker this morning. Our homebased suppose dey beat Lesotho na! dem even first us score!!!! The painful part be say, no consequences for these national embarrassments sef!” the former Eagles coach exclaimed in pidgin English on microblogging site X formerly Twitter.
Nigeria is billed to face Zimbabwe on Sunday in their second Group B match. The Eagles are in the same group alongside South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Benin, and Rwanda. The winner of the group automatically qualifies for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, The United States, and Canada.