Awaziem’s own goal on the 90th minute reduced the deficit for Lesotho, but the win was enough to secure a second win for the super Eagles who beat the Republic of Benin 2-1 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Wednesday.
Nigeria will play Sierra Leone next year having six points and top group L.
The three-time African champions are aiming for their 19th appearance in the tournament, after winning their eighth bronze medal in the 2019 edition in Egypt.
Lille forward Victor Osimhen has emerged French Ligue 1 player for the month of September 2019.
The Super Eagles striker claimed 45% of total votes to emerge tops ahead of Monaco’s Islam Slimani (37%) second and Nantes’ Nicolas Pallois (18%) on third spot.
The former Golden Eaglets ace will now takes over from Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga who claimed the award in August.
The 20-year-old scored two goals in four league appearances for Lille in September.
He was on target in Lille’s 2-1 win against Angers SCO and the 2-0 victory at home to Strasbourg.
Osimhen took to twitter to express his gratitude after the big announcement, he said: “Player of the month of September. Major thanks to those who voted for me, I appreciate each and every one you, special gratitude go to my family, teammates and my loved ones. GOD is the greatest. We move.”
Player of the month of September💪🏽major thanks to those who voted for me,I appreciate each and everyone you,special gratitude goes to my family,teammates and my loved ones🤞🏽GOD is the greatest 🙏🏽we move✊🏽 @losclive… https://t.co/EVM5yn7fs0
Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen scored as Lille moved into third in the Ligue 1 table with a 2-0 victory over Strasbourg on Wednesday, while Lyon were held by Brest.
Last season’s runners-up Lille have now won all four of their home league games this term and sit two points adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the champions’ match with Reims.
Angers remain a surprise second, behind PSG on goal difference, after Rachid Alioui’s late double grabbed Stephane Moulin’s side a 2-0 win at Toulouse.
The 20-year-old Osimhen put Christophe Galtier’s Lille into a 43rd-minute lead at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy by lashing home after some slack Strasbourg defending to net his sixth goal in seven games this season.
The three points were secured 19 minutes into the second half as Osimhen turned provider for former Chelsea and Marseille forward Loic Remy to slide in his first goal of the campaign.
Elsewhere, Lyon saw their winless streak extended to six matches in all competitions with a 2-2 draw at promoted Brest.
Moussa Dembele moved joint-top of the Ligue 1 goalscoring charts on six strikes with Osimhen by giving Lyon a 28th-minute advantage, but Yoann Court equalised for Brest less than 60 seconds later.
Maxwel Cornet appeared to have eased some of the pressure on Lyon coach Sylvinho by netting in the 69th minute, but Court completed his double to snatch Brest a point with five minutes remaining.
Lyon, widely considered PSG’s likeliest title challengers ahead of this season, slipped to 10th, already six points off the pace.
Nigerian youngster Victor Osimhen scored his fifth Ligue 1 goal of the season as Lille claimed a 2-1 win over Angers on Friday.
The 20-year-old Osimhen netted the opener six minutes before half-time to move clear of Lyon’s Memphis Depay at the top of the early goalscoring charts in France.
Luiz Araujo’s fine individual strike in the 53rd minute doubled the lead for last season’s runners-up, who held on to take their third victory of the new campaign despite a late goal from Angers forward Stephane Bahoken.
New signing Victor Osimhen marked his Ligue 1 debut with two goals as last year’s runners-up Lille kicked off their new campaign with a 2-1 victory over Nantes on Sunday.
Christophe Galtier’s hosts, who finished 16 points behind champions Paris Saint-Germain last term, were indebted to 20-year-old Osimhen at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
The five-time Nigeria international, signed from Belgian outfit Charleroi in the close season, quickly displayed his pace by racing clear and slotting home the opening goal in the 19th minute.
Zeki Celik deflected Andrei Girotto’s strike into his own net six minutes after the break for the first goal of Christian Gourcuff’s reign as Nantes coach, but Osimhen had the final say with a thunderous 80th-minute strike.
Later on Sunday, PSG kick off their title defence at the Parc des Princes against Nimes, although the capital club will be without Neymar after admitting the Brazilian is closing in on a move away from France.
Lyon had opened the season with an impressive 3-0 win at Monaco on Friday, while Andre Villas-Boas’ return to football as Marseille coach started with a 2-0 home loss to Reims on Saturday.
Nigeria’s U-20 team, the Flying Eagles are optimistic that a place at the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, Zambia 2017 is within grasp as they confront visiting Young Falcons of Sudan at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Saturday.
The Emmanuel Amuneke-tutored side won the first leg in Khartoum 2-1 two weeks ago and are tipped as favourites to reach the finals coming up in Zambia next year.
Samuel Chukwueze and Victor Osimhen scored as the Flying Eagles came from behind to defeat their hosts in Khartoum, and both players are in top shape for Saturday’s clash.
Osimhen, was a record scorer at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2015, hitting 10 goals in Chile as Nigeria roared to a fifth triumph. Chukwueze’s goals also counted and he scooped the bronze boot as the third highest scorer of the tournament.
The Young Falcons have a mountain to climb against a squad that is not used to tasting defeat.
Amuneke has come to this level with the bulk of the boys who did Nigeria proud in Chile, and have maintained an unbeaten streak ever since.
Nigeria U-23 coach, Samson Siasia, is considering drafting U-17 World Cup hotshot, Victor Osimhen, for the African U-23 Nations Cup in Senegal.
Osimhen setup a new goals record at the U-17 World Cup in Chile, where he scored 10 goals, netting in all seven games as Nigeria won a fifth global crown.
According to reports, skipper Kelechi Nwakali, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the U-17 World Cup and right-back, John Lazarus, were among those Siasia was considering for the Olympics qualifiers.
The African U-23 championship serves as qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. Meanwhile, the Director-General of the National Sports Commission, Alhassan Yakmut, has applauded the sterling performance of the Golden Eaglets who defeated Mali to retain the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
Mr Yakmut disclosed to Channels Television that the Eaglets and other athletes, who recently won laurels for the nation would be hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari at a later date to be communicated to the athletes and their coaches.
President Muhammadu Buhari had congratulated the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria on their victory over Mali in the final match of the 2015 Under-17 FIFA World Cup tournament in Chile.
In a statement by Mr Femi Adesina, who is his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, President Buhari, on behalf of Nigerians and the Federal Government, applauded the “exemplary zeal, determination, commitment, hard work, patriotism and soccer artistry” which the youthful Golden Eaglets put on display throughout the tournament to win the championship for a record fifth time.
The President also noted with delight that the Golden Eaglets not only won the coveted Under-17 FIFA World Cup, but they are also bringing home highly-valued individual awards such as the Golden Boot won by Victor Osimhen for being the tournament’s highest goal scorer and the Golden Ball, won by the team captain, Kelechi Nwakali for being the best player.
President Buhari believes that by their triumph in Chile, the Golden Eaglets have shown the world that the indomitable Nigerian spirit is alive and waxing stronger.
For the President, the Golden Eaglets’ latest victory on the global stage is an affirmation of the significant progress Nigeria is now making towards positively redefining and rediscovering its potential for greatness in the comity of nations.
President Buhari trusts that if all other Nigerians could imbibe and exhibit the doggedness, determination and patriotism displayed by their youthful compatriots in Chile, Nigeria would make faster progress towards becoming the strong, united, peaceful, secure and prosperous nation envisioned by its people.
The President awaits the Golden Eaglets’ triumphant return to a heroes’ welcome from a joyous and grateful nation.