Semi Ajayi’s equaliser saved Nigeria’s Super Eagles from a humiliating 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier opener against Lesotho
Super Eagles defender, Semi Ajayi, has refuted claims of underestimating Lesotho following their 1-1 draw in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier, Soccernet.ng reports.
The match, hosted at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, saw Lesotho seize an unexpected lead with Motlomelo Mkhwanazi’s goal in the 56th minute.
Despite creating multiple chances, the Super Eagles struggled to capitalise until Semi Ajayi equalised for the home side.
Key opportunities included Kelechi Iheanacho’s free-kick, saved in the first half, and a near-miss as he struck the woodwork in the second.
Speaking to the press post-match, the West Bromwich Albion defender adamantly denied any underestimation.
“Absolutely not. We took this game very seriously; we gave our best; we didn’t take them lightly,” Ajayi asserted.
Reaffirming their preparation and dedication, he stressed the team’s seriousness in facing Lesotho and their commitment to learning and improving from the experience.
“We prepared for the game as we prepare for every game. I think we’re just unfortunate not to take a few chances, but we’ll learn from this and we’ll definitely come back stronger in the next game,” he added.
Jose Peseiro’s squad now shifts focus to their upcoming clash against Zimbabwe’s Warriors at Huye Stadium in Butare on Sunday. The Super Eagles are determined to regroup and secure a decisive victory in their next encounter.