Lesotho’s head coach, Leslie Notsi, believes his team can handle the pressure from both the Super Eagles and their supporters during their 2026 World Cup qualifiers game in Uyo today.
In their first qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Nigeria is expected to be the dominant force against Lesotho, acknowledged for their previous achievements as three-time Africa champions. Despite recognizing Nigeria’s strength, the 59-year-old coach remains hopeful for a positive showing from his team.
“Our expectation is to have a tough match and we are taking this opportunity as a young football nation to get the exposure experience. We have young and talented players who are eager to learn and grow so we are here to honour the fixture with a competitive mindset.
“Most of the players we have are from our developmental teams and I must also give credit to our league which has enabled us national team coaches to pick easily. We are coming here to take the opportunity of playing one of the best teams on the continent.
“We know the support will be there, and we will see how we perform under tremendous pressure because I think that will be a sign of how we have improved. We know it’s going to be tough but we will play our best.”
Lesotho has never made it to either the Africa Cup of Nations or the FIFA World Cup throughout their history.
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