Super Eagles Victory in the intense encounter at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium helped the three-time African champions to the top of the qualifying pool as goals from the France –based duo of Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu secured a 2-1 win after an early goal by Stephane Sessegnon.The Crocodiles themselves only just returned from Freetown, where they earned an inspiring point in a 1-1 draw with the Leone Stars last Wednesday too.Having conceded the opening goal in the 69th minute they looked set for defeat until Thabantso Jane scored the leveller in the third minute of injury time.Both teams finished with 10 men as Lesotho captain Marepe Basia and Sierra Leone’s George Kweku were sent-off in the 83rd minute. As a result, Basia is suspended for this game due to his dismissal.Today’s encounter will kick off at 6pm Lesotho time (5pm in Nigeria), and it is exactly one year to the day that the Super Eagles secured a 1-1 draw with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Johannesburg to grab a ticket to this year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt, where they finished third.Team doctor Ibrahim Gyaran has confirmed that there are no injuries within the 23 –man playing body meaning there’s a full complement of players for manager Gernot Rohr to pick from.It is unlikely that many changes will be made to the starting line-up, with Torino defender Ola Aina and Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu both justifying their selections against Benin with impressive performances which means Ahmed Musa may have to settle for a place on the bench again.Lesotho have been hard to beat in recent games, as was highlighted with the late goal that salvaged a point for them in Sierra Leone, but as plucky as they are, they do not possess the quality of the Super Eagles and it will be a surprise if the away team don’t come out victorious.The Eagles have won on the two previous occasions that these teams have met.The Confederation of African Football has named 41 –year old Botswanan official, Joshua Bondo as the referee, with Bondo’s compatriots Meshack Medupi, Mogomotsi Morakile and Tshepo Mokani Gobagoba as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively.Johannes Jakob Vries from Namibia will serve as match commissioner while South African Carlos Henriques will be referee assessor.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kick-off: 5pmBy Demola OjoNigeria’s Super Eagles are set to consolidate their lead at the top of their AFCON 2021 qualifying group as they take on the Crocodiles of Lesotho today in Maseru. The Eagles are fresh from their hard-fought come-from-behind victory over the Squirrels of Benin in Uyo on last Wednesday.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – As of Wednesday, September 18, Jamaica has successfully completed its borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after almost seven years.At a press conference yesterday with the ministry of finance and members of the press, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that Jamaica has completed the final review of the three-year precautionary stand-by arrangement (SBA) with the IMF. The SBA began in 2016, following the four-year US$932-million extended fund facility (EFF) which started back in 2013.Former Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde sang the praises of the Holness-led administration upon the completion of the program. “Congratulations. Congratulations for six and a half years of partnerships with us, but more importantly a successful programme that has helped Jamaica and helped the Jamaican people. You owe it to yourself, to nobody else.”Since the beginning of the SBA in 2016, Jamaica has seen the reduction of taxes, the implementation of a new tax-threshold that puts more money in the pockets of residents, a record low unemployment rate, a new high business confidence, and much more.In 2013, then Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson-Miller turned to the IMF to help the country recover from the global economic recession. Now, six years later, Andrew Holness is thanking the international organization for helping the country to re-establish economic stability. “This was a historic agreement which witnessed Jamaica taking responsibility for its economic choices and doing so in a collaborative environment with stakeholders which saw the formation of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), the Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee PSTOC among others. As we end our formal engagement with the IMF, I want to acknowledge Madame Christine Lagarde, former Managing Director of the IMF for the encouraging and insightful message”, Holness said.Jamaica Now Enters A Post-IMF EraWhile completing the IMF programme is a significant economic milestone, Jamaica is now faced with the task of maintaining financial discipline in a post-IMF era. Prime Minister Holness said that with the shield of an IMF agreement no longer in place, the Jamaican government will now have to ensure that they are completely committed to making the best economic decisions for the country and its people.“The real test, after this, with the IMF out of the room in some ways, is whether or not we can maintain and carry through the fiscal discipline that we have successfully committed to over the last 10 years.” He expressed confidence in Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke, the ministry of finance and also the Jamaican people, saying that the culture of fiscal responsibility in the country has now become institutionalized.But while Holness expressed confidence in his people, both himself and Lagarde acknowledge that the country does have a far way to go, especially with dealing with several national issues, such as crime and violence, now at crisis levels.Lagarde said that with the country “now in a much safer fiscal position” will help the government better equipped to tackle crime and other issues. Jamaica will continue to benefit from technical advice from the IMF and their local offices will remain open for another two years.