The Super Eagles of Nigeria has devoured the Crocodiles of Lesotho 3-0 in their final AFCON 2022 qualifying match at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.
Victor Osimhen opened Nigeria’s goals account for the day in the 23rd minute before turning into the provider in the 50th minute for Oghenekaro Etebo to make it 2-0.
Second-half substitute, Paul Onuachu, who took the place of Osimhen, then wrapped up the scoring with a sumptuous volley on 83 minutes to hand the Super Eagles a comfortable win on the occasion of their first competitive match in Lagos in 20 years.
The Crocodiles were denied what appeared to be a goal after a fortuitous rebound from a well-struck rebound.
However, the assistant referee’s flag wrongly went up for offside and the goal was disallowed. That was the only notable attack from the southern Africans.
For many of the players, it was the first time in a long while that they would be playing football in a stadium with that many spectators, as a few thousand fans were allowed into the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
While for fans who trouped into the match venue, especially those old enough to recall matches involving the national team at the derelict but still imposing National Stadium, it was a performance close to what they would have expected from the Nigerian team of that long-ago era when visiting teams dreaded playing before Lagos fans.