AFCON qualifier: Osimhen’s double helps Nigeria beat Lesotho 4-2

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A brace by Victor Osimhen and goals by Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze helped Nigeria defeat Lesotho 4-2 in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Group L qualifier in Maseru on Sunday.

Masoabi Nkoto scored Lesotho’s first goal in the 11th minute, while their second came via a Chidozie Awaziem own goal.

In the 17th minute, William Ekong’s flying free-kick from 24 yards was parried, and nine minutes later, Alex Iwobi brought Nigeria level. Osimhen saw his pull-out intercepted by a defender, chased the defender, retrieved the ball neatly and passed to Iwobi to drive into the net at the far post.

In the 36th minute, Chukwueze rose between two defenders to nod home a well-weighted pass from Osimhen for the Eagles’ second goal.

In the second half, Osimhen slid full length to score Nigeria’s third from a cross by defender Ola Aina in the 74th minute.

Osimhen again created a chance for substitute Ahmed Musa in the 80th minute, but the captain missed from inside the box. The Lille of France forward scored a second, latching onto a brilliant pass by substitute Ramon Azeez  in the 84th minute.

With the victory on Sunday, Nigeria have hauled six points and six goals from their two qualifiers to top Group L.

Home matches against Lesotho and Sierra Leone will be completed in the final phase of the qualifying series next year.

Source: Punch News

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