Lesotho coach confident his team will wire Zambia

Leslie Notsi Lesotho coach

LESOTHO national soccer team coach Leslie Notsi is confident his team will dent Zambia’s chances of qualifying to the world cup when the two team’s clash in a world cup qualifier at the Sesotho stadium.

Lesotho last beat Zambia 3-1in the COSAFA cup game in the year 2000 at the same venue, a feat the Sothos glorify with passion.

“We will be playing attacking from the start, pushing for an early strike while also making sure we do not concede an early goal. One thing for sure, the first 15 minutes will be crucial because they too will want an early goal and we also have to be aware that they (Zambia) are taking the game very seriously because if they win, it enhances their chances of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World cup in Brazil,” Notsi said, adding, “We are ready for the match, we have known about the kind of challenge Zambia would present all along, and the time has now arrived, so what we do is to stand up and be counted,” he said in an interview with journalists.

And Notsi is sweating still on the availability of four of his dependable players who are injured for the match tomorrow.

Notsi told journalists that the medical team was racing against time to ensure that midfielders Motlalepula Mofolo, Thulo Ranchobe, Mabuti Potloane and that country’s league top scorer Litsepe Marabe, recover in time for the game.

“It’s a concern that these players are carrying injuries, but our medical team has been working on them and we are hopeful they will be ready in time for the game,” Notsi said.

Meanwhile Lesotho Football Federation officials have spent the past one week on local radio stations dismissing as fake allegations from Ghana that Zambia and Lesotho had fixed the game in favour of the Chipolopolo who lead group D

LFA general secretary in one of the programmes yesterday said the better team would cleanly win on Sunday.