OSIMHEN INSPIRES LESOTHO ROUT
Victor Osimhen was on song as Nigeria overcame an early deficit for the second time in four days to record a 4-2 win over Lesotho on Sunday night in Maseru.
The Super Eagles, who on Wednesday defeated neighbours Benin by 2-1, came into their second 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Crocodiles seeking to stay perfect in Group L.
Coach Gernot Rohr made two changes to the side that was victorious over the Squirrels: Chidozie Awaziem came into the starting lineup in place of Jamilu Collins, and match-winner Samuel Kalu was left out here in favour of Moses Simon.
The hosts started on the front foot, however, seeking to exert themselves upon their more illustrious visitors. They would have reward for their early endeavour, as in the 11th minute Nkoto Masoabi rose above Semi Ajayi in the box to plant a header from a left-wing cross into the bottom corner.
The Super Eagles slowly grew into the proceedings: captain William Troost-Ekong stung the palms of Ntsane Lichaba with a rasping free-kick, and then in the 26th minute, Nigeria drew level. Osimhen robbed the ball of a dallying Lesotho player, and slid a ball through for Alex Iwobi to convert from a tight angle.
Ten minutes later, Osimhen was again the provider as Rohr’s side took the lead for the first time. The Lille man dropped deep and fed a dinked pass over the top of the Lesotho defence for Samuel Chukwueze to loop a header over Lichaba and in.
Osimhen would get his just reward in the second half, first getting on the end of a low Ola Aina cross to double the advantage in the 75th minute, and then making it 4-1 by converting substitute Ramon Azeez’s through ball six minutes from time.
Chidozie Awaziem the suffered the embarrassment of putting the ball into his own net, diverting a cross past Daniel Akpeyi to give the hosts a late consolation.