Nigeria will start the quest to better their World Cup history of six appearances in the last eight tournament with the upcoming World Cup qualification campaign against Lesotho at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Thursday.
Three time African Champions failed to qualify to the last FIFA World Cup in Qatar after the team played a 1-1 draw with Ghana at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja having played a goalless draw against the Black Stars of Ghana.
The Crocodiles, obviously looks the underdog in the upcoming fixture and Nigeria anticipatory could get an upper hand in the encounter in their re-launch effort to qualify for the Mundial ahead of South Africa, Benin Republic, Rwandan Zimbabwe and Lesotho.
Super Eagles will play without the trio of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, AC Milan forward Emmanuel Chukwueze and Saidu Zanusi who plies his trade in Portugal. The absence of these players obviously opens opportunities for other prolific strikers such as Victor Boniface, Taiwo Awoniyi and Terem Moffi to kick start the campaign as Nigeria looks to win.
Meanwhile, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has extended his congratulation to Bendel Insurance goalkeeper Amas Obasogie for earning a spot in the Super Eagles squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
The Insurance of Benin shot- stopper deserved first invitation to the National Team has been occasioned by his sterling performance with the Benin Arsenal with the remarkable achievement of 26 game unbeaten streak last season in the Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL.
In the current season, Obasogie has continued his impressive performance with six clean sheets in seven matches.
Edo State Governor, Obaseki said the state is confident he will continue to shine and bring more laurels and glory to the State and Nigeria.
The 23 year old Arsenal of Benin goaltender replaces Maduka Okoye who plies his trade with Italian Serie A club, Udinese.