#AFCONQ2021: Nigeria edge Lesotho in six-goal thriller, Cameroon down Rwanda

#AFCONQ2021: Nigeria edge Lesotho in six-goal thriller, Cameroon down Rwanda

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Victor Osimhen starred as Nigeria came from a goal down to beat Lesotho 4-2 and move top of Group L in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers. The Super Eagles built on from their opening day 2-1 victory over Benin to move to six points in their quest to earn a spot in Cameroon next year.
Osimhen put up a superb show scoring twice and assisted both Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze as the Super Eagles showed their authority. They had gone down early to a Nkoto Masoabi goal, but they bounced back for victory, and not even a Collins Awaziem own goal late on could dampen their spirits.

Masoabi broke the deadlock after just 11 minutes when he towered over William Troost-Ekong to head in a cross from the left.

However, Nigeria responded in the 26th minute when Iwobi struck a low shot inside the box after Osimhen won the ball back before laying up for the Everton man to equalize. The goal injected confidence in Nigeria’s nerves.

On the half hour mark, Moses Simon tried his luck from distance, but the effort was saved. Five minutes later though, Nigeria were 2-1 up. Chukwueze looped a header over the advancing Lesotho keeper after Osimhen had volleyed the ball into his direction.

Osimhen almost got one of his own in the 37th minute but his low shot from outside the box went inches wide.

In the second half, Lesotho tried to get a way back into the match and Masoabi had another effort in the 62nd minute which sailed wide.

Nigeria however cemented their hold on the match in the 74th minute when Osimhen got onto the scoresheet when he stretched out to tap home an Ola Aina cross. He got his second in the 83rd minute after Nigeria quickly turned offense into defense, Osimhen finishing off with a low effort one on one with the keeper.

Awaziem put the ball into his own net in the 89th minute when he tried to cut out a Thabo Seakhoa cross from the right, but it didn’t do much to change the sail of the game.

Elsewhere in Kigali, Cameroon got a nervy 1-0 win against hosts Rwanda at the Stade Nyamirambo. Nicolas Ngamaleu scored the lone goal in the 70th minute to give the Indomitable Lions victory after they were held to a 0-0 draw in their opening game against Cape Verde.

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