Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles take on the Crocodiles in their dead-rubber Africa Cup of Nations qualification game on Tuesday evening.
#1 Head-to-head record
Nigeria will be facing Lesotho for the fourth time ever in their history, with the Super Eagles emerging victorious in their last three meetings.
The last time the Super Eagles tackled the Crocodiles was in the reverse fixture of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualification on November 17, 2019 in Maseru.
A second-half brace from Napoli’s Victor Osimhen sealed a 4-2 comeback victory at the Setsoto Stadium after Masobi Nkoto had given the Southern Africans an 11th minute lead.
#2 Lesotho’s abysmal away record
Lesotho have failed to win any of their last 17 away games in the Africa Cup of Nations qualification dated back to 2006.
In those encounters, the Crocodiles managed just four draws with the remaining 13 ending in defeats.
Their last outing away home ended in a 1-0 defeat at Benin Republic in November 2020 – with Jodel Dossou’s first-half goal settling the fixture in Porto-Novo.
#3 Massive difference in Fifa ranking
Nigeria are far ahead of Lesotho taking into consideration Fifa’s global ranking for February 2021.
The three-time African kings are ranked as the 36th best team in the world and fifth best in Africa.
On the other hand, Thabo Senong's side occupies the 143rd spot in the world and number 41 in Africa.
#4 Unstoppable Super Eagles
The three-time African champions are yet to lose any of their last 10 African Cup of Nations qualification games.
In those fixtures, Super Eagles accounted for seven wins and just three draws.
The last time Gernot Rohr’s side lost during qualifying was the 2-0 shock defeat to South Africa on June 10, 2017 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
Second-half goals from Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau decided the fixture.
#5 Victor Osimhen's ambition
Although Nigeria are through to the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, one player who needs this game badly is Victor Osimhen.
With four goals, the Napoli striker is joint-highest goal scorer in the qualification series alongside Percy Tau (South Africa), Saidi Ntibazonkiza (Burundi) and Louis Mafouta (Central African Republic).
Against Lesotho, he would be going all out to get more goals in a bid to beat the trio to the top scorer accolade.
#6 Draw specialists
Lesotho should be feared by Gernot Rohr's Super Eagles as six out of their last nine away fixtures in the Africa Cup of Nations qualification have gone that way.