We didn’t respect the Super Eagles, we decided to enjoy ourselves – Lesotho coach

Head Coach of the Crocodiles of Lesotho, Leslie Notsi has claimed that his players didn’t show any respect to the Super Eagles in their Group C 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on Thursday evening.

The Super Eagles came from behind to settle for a 1-1 draw, despite going into the game as heavy favourites.

It is the first time Lesotho will avoid defeat against Nigeria in five meetings.

After a goalless first half, the Crocodiles took a shock 1-0 lead in the 56th minute through Motlomelo Mkwanazi before West Brom defender Semi Ajayi equalized in the 67th minute with a powerful header also from a corner.

Jose Peseiro’s side failed to claim a winner, after all efforts, as Lesotho went home with a valuable point.

The three-time African champions will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointing result when they face the Warriors of Zimbabwe on Sunday November 19th in Rwanda.

The Zimbabweans held Rwanda to a scoreless draw in their first game on Wednesday.

“We did not give them (Super Eagles) respect because they are the same human beings like us.” Lesotho coach Notsi said.

“We decided to go on the pitch and enjoy ourselves but the enjoyment is not to go there and waste time but self believe should be there, they should express themselves on the areas they are good at.“

Leslie Notsi also revealed that he and his coaching staff had studied the Super Eagles players.

“We have followed the team and saw areas we feel we can capitalize on, where we thought we had chances of coming up with something. So, there’s a lot we’ve learnt from this.”

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