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W’Cup Qualifiers: Eagles Drop To Fifth After Lesotho Win



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The Super Eagles have again dropped from fourth to fifth in Group C of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers without kicking a ball after Lesotho shocked Zimbabwe 2-0 away from home in their third game of the group on Friday.

Two first-half goals from Rethabile Rasethuntsa and Jane Thaba Ntso did the job for Lesotho as they temporarily moved from fifth to the top of the table with five points.

Rasethuntsa opened scoring in the 21st and the second came 10 minutes later from Ntso. It was the first win for Lesotho in the series which began on a promising note for them with a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in Uyo last November.

Nigeria will have the chance to topple Lesotho this evening when they take on bitter rivals South Africa in their third game of the series at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo by 8 pm.

The Eagles must, however, win by two goals at least, to stand a chance of leapfrogging Lesotho ahead of their next game against Benin Republic on Monday.

Benin had also beaten Rwanda 1-0 for their first win of the series on Thursday to move to third in the group.

A win for Nigeria against Bafana Bafana will take them to five points, level on points with Lesotho.

After facing Bafana today, the Eagles have another tricky test against the Squirrels in Ivory Coast on Monday while South Africa will play Zimbabwe.

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