Super Eagles had 76% possession, Lesotho stayed at the back for 90 minutes – Peseiro

Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro has expressed his disappointment with his team’s profligacy in front of goal against the Crocodiles of Lesotho, while admitting to being satisfied with their performance.

The Super Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Lesotho on Thursday evening in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state Capital.

“We had 76% possession against Lesotho’s 24, many scoring opportunities. Our opponents scored from one of their only two shots on goal. I’m sad and disappointed, but my team tried their best. My aim is to qualify (for the World Cup), just as I did for AFCON. I’m sad about the result but not the performance.” The Portuguese tactician noted.

“Lesotho stayed at the back for 90 minutes. They only came out three or four times. Their team lost one nil against Cote d’Ivoire. It’s not easy to score against them. We created many opportunities and only scored one, from our center back.”

With the plethora of strikers currently available in the Super Eagles, Peseiro’s team was able to register just one goal against the Crocodiles of Lesotho, ranked 153rd in the latest October FIFA ranking.

“Our strikers were wasteful today. Victor Boniface, twice with the head. Taiwo (Awoniyi), Iheanacho (Kelechi), other players, many scoring situations. What I can do is to speak with my players about their concentration when finishing. It’s a problem with this team.

“Sometimes, you score a lot of goals. The players want to score but sometimes they lose tranquillity, especially in the second half since they wanted to win. We dominated throughout the match. One good quality of my players is that, they fight. Sometimes a team can play better, shoot more and do more than their opponents without winning. I believe against Zimbabwe, we can score goals.” Peseiro concluded.

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