The Crocodiles have invaded Nigeria’s commercial capital and we are not receiving security alert because the Crocs of Lesotho who Monday arrived Lagos day ahead of a dead rubber Nation’s Cup qualifying match against Nigeria’s Super Eagles look harmless.
Already, the Super Eagles have qualified but Lesotho being at the bottom of group L with just a point won’t be at Cameroon for 2022 January continental showpiece.
While Super Eagles beat Benin one nil at Port Novo on Saturday, Lesotho played out a goalless draw versus Sierra Leone on match day five of the qualifier.
Dead rubber match is a competitive game with no effect on the qualification or next stage chances of either of the teams involved meaning it is a formality match in which mere prestige is at stake.
Will the Super Eagles who will be playing at their favorite Lagos venue after 20 years whip the Crocs silly or will Nigeria turn it to a practice match and allow Lesotho wangle away with victory?
The irony of the Super Eagles qualification is that football fans are not celebrating the qualification as they usually do.
CAF has told Nigeria that they will not be able to fill the Teslim Balogun venue to capacity because of the Covid-19 protocols. Lagos is known for the funfair of football supporting especially when their favorite team is doing well.
With qualifications secured and only pride at stake against the Crocodiles, Super Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr is likely to give some of his fringe players opportunity to exhibit their talent ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
It was gathered that the likes of homeboy Anayo Iwuala of Enyimba who shone like a million stars will get a starting shirt while the likes of Chidozie Awaziem, Tyronne Ebuehi and Semi Ajayi could start the game.
Energetic midfield maestro Oghenekaro Etebo is favored to get a slot in midfield while the majority of the first team player will start as usual.