The Super Eagles were on Thursday held to a 1-1 draw at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The first half ended in a 0-0 draw contrary to many Nigerian football fans’ expectations.
The 153-ranked Lesotho scored first through Motlomelo Mkwanazi in the 56th minute before Semi Ajayi equalised for the home side in the 67th minute.
The match eventually ended in a 1-1 draw after full-time, as both teams shared a point each.
Despite an average 80 per cent ball possession, the Eagles failed to beat the Crocodiles as they missed great chances to begin their 2026 FIFA World Cup bid.
The Super Eagles travel to Rwanda on Sunday to face Zimbabwe.