Posted On Friday, 14th June 2013
Although there is no chance of Lesotho reaching the final stage of African qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Likwena are raring to make their meeting with Ghana a make or break duel.
A 7-0 thumping on a Friday night back in June of last year left a scar that Lesotho coach Leslie Notsi hopes to repair when the Black Stars arrive at the Setsoto National Stadium for Sunday’s Group D match.
The loss equaled their record heaviest defeat at international level, suffered against the Zaire in 1993.
As Lesotho plot their way, the penultimate matches in Group D is equally crucial for the third round aspirants, Ghana and Zambia.
Ghana trail leaders, Zambia by one point going into the weekend’s round of matches. Victory for both would set up an epic finale in Ghana come September with all to play for.
But before that, either side face tricky encounters.
With just two points from 12 points, Lesotho find themselves out of contention for the next round but Mokhosi Mahate, General Secretary of the Lesotho FA says they are aiming to end their losing run.
“We suffered back-to-back losses in the qualifiers (to Sudan and Zambia) and that must stop somewhere and perhaps, the Ghana match will end that trend,” Mahate said.
“We are preparing very well and the team has been in camp for about three to four weeks now. The large part of our team is locally-based and we assemble quite often. Besides that, the preparation games that we have played also tell us how ready we are.”