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Zambia-Lesotho conspiracy against Ghana exposed, Lesotho coach admits

Published on: 10 June 2013
Lesotho coach Notsi

Lesotho coach Leslie Notsi has exposed the long-held suspicion of a Southern African conspiracy against Ghana, tipping Zambia to qualify for the last round of the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifiers ahead of the Black Stars.

The loud-mouthed coach says the Chipolopolo qualification to the playoffs ahead of Ghana will boost football in the Southern African region, clearly indicating his soft spot for Zambia.

Notsi vowed to make things difficult for Ghana on Sunday when the two sides clash in 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifier in Maseru even though he ensured Zambia had a walk in the park when they met the Crocodiles over the weekend as the Chipolopolo won 4-0.

Notsi said in an interview in Ndola on Saturday night that the Chipolopolo is the strongest team in Group D when the evidence of the results so far in the group points to the opposite..

“The Zambian team is strong.  I have no doubt that Zambia will qualify to the last round of the qualifiers. Continue supporting your team,” Notsi said.

Notsi said Zambia’s qualification to the World Cup will be good for the whole of southern African , according to the report in the Zambia.

He said the 0-4 loss to Zambia was a learning process but Notsi said the Likuena will play for pride when they face Ghana.

He said it is not easy for visiting teams to win at Setsotho Stadium in Maseru.

“We will be playing for pride and we will not want to lose in front of our fans at our backyard. We will make it difficult for Ghana. It will be pride at stake,” Notsi said.

He said the Likuena are eager to record the first win in the qualifying series.

“The nation (Lesotho) has to be happy on Sunday,” Notsi said.

Zambia are leaders in Group D after four matches in the group with ten points, one better than Ghana. But the Chipolopolo top the group thanks to a protest they won against Sudan.

Ghana have shown they are much better as they won 3-1 in Sudan - a venue the Chipolopolo were beaten 2-0 before they launched their protest claiming the Nile Crocodiles fielded an ineligible player.

While Ghana could manage a 7-0 home win over Lesotho Zambia could only beat them 4-0 which makes the Black Stars the better of the two sides.

Chipolopolo have also got a poor away record as they have not been able to win away from home in the qualifiers.


  • Zola says:
    June 11, 2013 02:17 pm
    U're a big fool oga kofi
  • OlgaKofi says:
    June 11, 2013 12:56 pm
    Sudan want a revenge on Zambia? Well that explains why they sold a game to Ghana!!!!!
  • ghana fanatic says:
    June 11, 2013 11:53 am
    Guys lets just be realistic when was the last time we ever beat Zambia??? We just have to admit it they are better than us, history supports wat I am saying, lets not be dreamers but face facts
  • field marshal says:
    June 12, 2013 12:08 pm
  • dotZM says:
    June 12, 2013 11:50 am
    The problem with you Ghanaians is the high level of boasting. How do you say you are better that Zambia when we have repeatedly pippied ypou?
  • dotZM says:
    June 12, 2013 11:46 am
    Sudanese are just foolish people. There are rules to every game. If you put the ball behind the net, its a goal, even if it's your own goal. Similarly, if you use ineligible players, it's 3-0. So what's the problem with Zambia scoring 3 - 0 against Sudan by just following the rules of the game?
  • dotZM says:
    June 12, 2013 11:38 am
    Looks like Ghanaians will never accept a Zambian victory. They said the same things before we even played Lesotho in the first leg match. We drew and it all died a natural death. Now that we have won, they bring it back and start printing rubbish. Be sure that they think we should never win a match, even through a genuine protest!
  • Zambia Forward says:
    June 12, 2013 11:29 am
    it is utter nonsense for any one to suggest that Zambia and Lesotho applied some monkey tricks in the 4-0 victory by Zambia. Can all you Ghanaians who pushing this pathetic theory sit down for a moment and apply your brains, the Lesotho national team has not won a single away competitive match for over two years, did you honestly think they would beat Zambia?Dont act like you do not know who Zambia is? We all know that Ghana is stronger than Lesotho and you Ghana with all the strength you have, we wired you at the same stadium and the best you could do was become unruly, how on earth do you expect a weak team to win????? The truth s that the best team between Zambia and Ghana will win this group, you are banking on the game we will visit you, make no mistake in saying you are winning that one cos Zambia is capable of playing equally good even when away, at a time when Egypt was at their peak and Cairo international stadium was a nightmare for any team, Zambia went their and held them, tat is Egypt at their best, Ghana can not even come close to how deadly Egypt was at that time so what makes you think we can fail to silence you????
  • dotZM says:
    June 12, 2013 11:28 am
    There is Zambian Jinx against guys,pompous Ghanaians! You will lose to Mighty Zambia for a third time in row. You can beat Sudan, Lesotho and all, but not the Mighty Chipolopolo!
  • boyd says:
    June 12, 2013 11:01 am
    African Journalists learn to be professional please why do you fabricate is played over 90 minutes not what you saying please. Here in Zambia we respect Ghana a lot but we believe in 90 minutes, will come to Accra or Kumasi to face you and you will tell me after the game...remember a draw will ok for us and we very good at that....but Renard says he is coming there for a win. TB JOSHUA the African Octopus said it last year that Zambia will qualify and definately we will no matter who you bring back or Which cabinet meeting your president arranges to discuss Zambia. CHIPOLOPOLO ALL THE WAY..........SHIPWE SHIPWE
  • One bullet! says:
    June 12, 2013 10:25 am
    We also went to the Soeul olympics at the expense of Ghana in 1988
  • Hamas says:
    June 13, 2013 11:47 am
    Hahaha! Our naija friends are always not comfortable with Ghana!! Why?, why? Naija!! Please we must be each others keepers if we want to conquer the world!! Else where people can't even differentiate ghanaian and nigeria!! Where is this hatred emanating from!!
  • Mark Azure says:
    June 26, 2013 02:12 pm
    some Ghanaians are very shallow minded.Do we have to always compare ourselves with Nigerians? Why always Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria......we dont have much in common with them, and even if we do, it doesn't mean we should use them as a yardstick in everything we do.This unnecessary hype is too infuriating. As a matter of truth the Zambian team is as strong as(if not stronger than) our Black Stars and let's not undermine Lesotho too.Anyway, Ghana will go to Brazil 2014 on top of the group.
  • erikuz -ghana says:
    June 11, 2013 03:26 pm
    HISTORY DOES NOT FAVOUR ZAMBIA In 1993 govt could not pay Danish Coach Raold Poulsen so FAZ parted with him. Govt then gave Chipolopolo Ian Porterfield. Zambia was leading their World Cup qualifying group and were favourites for a slot. Their next game was against Senegal then a pushover (like Lesotho). Zambia needed to beat Senegal twice to put Morocco out of the reckoning. In a game that they could have won by a cricket scoreline Zambia drew with Senegal in Dakar. Senegal lost the return 4-0 in Lusaka. Zambia, needing just a draw, then had a crucial last game against Morocco in Rabat. They lost that game 1-0 to Morocco and Diramba. Substitute Senegal for Lesotho and Ghana for Morocco in the above narration for a taste of things to come. 1. Zambia sacked bonati for herve 2. ian potterfield moved from zambia to coach my darling club asante kotoko of ghana 3 herve Renard moved from ghana to coach zambia 4. zambia drew 1-1 with lesotho and won 4-0 in ndola …..history is just repeating itself
  • john boys says:
    June 10, 2013 09:30 pm
  • Troy says:
    June 10, 2013 09:43 pm
    Funny Coach. Expect a 5 Nil in Maseru Sesotho coach. Loud Mouths. you know when you are about to play Ghana and you make noise you'll be beaten severely. Im predicting a 5- 0 IN FAVOUR OF GHANA.
  • ike says:
    June 10, 2013 09:43 pm
    Zambians know very well that they cannot go to the world cup at the expense of Ghana! They know but they are making huuhuu! The last match is in Ghana oooo. This Lesotho coach too came to Ghana and bluffed there were going to beat Ghana and they had 7. He is still talking mouth mouth! Ahhh papa yi paa dee!!!
  • bryte says:
    June 10, 2013 09:44 pm
    all we need is avoid defeat:))
  • ike says:
    June 10, 2013 09:45 pm
    ... bluffed they were going to beat Ghana......
  • brafii27 says:
    June 10, 2013 09:54 pm
    @GSN why u dey mek these zambians feel big,huh? OOOOO somtyms ur headings r jus non-fa.
  • Ghanaman says:
    June 10, 2013 10:03 pm
    Fabricated article. He was just there in the country so does what African do when in someones house. Say polite things. When they were in Lesotho he insulted them. hahahahahha
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    June 10, 2013 10:27 pm
    LESOTHO 1 - 0 GHANA(own goal)..... Ghana is not going to escape defeat this time. I'm sorry Ghana, this is the end of the road for you....
  • mostwanted says:
    June 10, 2013 10:44 pm
    support ur west african brothers.. I doubt if u are nígerian thou.
  • tanco says:
    June 10, 2013 10:45 pm
    @naija son, my country man, abeg make we spare dis ghanians jare, u know say dem get strong head like goat wey won go fight its owner most esspecially dat guy called ghanaman, u no go believe say dem dey jubilate say moses nd mikel won comot for chelsea dats shows d kind of bad belle dem get for our player and our country naija... N?????a????? bad belle wey dem get N?????a????? him no fit make dem win any trophy 4 d past 33yrs now...just leave dem make dem dey run their mouth like tap wey burst
  • Kwame says:
    June 10, 2013 10:48 pm
    Where exactly has the coach admitted to this so-called conspiracy? This article is complete rubbish.
  • local boy says:
    June 10, 2013 11:00 pm
    thank God im nt a nigerian
  • Cudjoe says:
    June 10, 2013 11:10 pm
    The same coach who was lauding Ghana is now lauding zambia....we'll hear what he'll say when his team gets wired in Khartoum.
  • Gooner says:
    June 10, 2013 11:27 pm
    Bogus article, very misleading title. Lesotho cant even draw Ghana to save their lives so the coach is just funny. We are going to beat them n spoil their sunday. Zambia have an away win against Sudan so stop misleading us. Boardroom points or no board room points. It is still a win.
  • Joel says:
    June 10, 2013 11:38 pm
    @ tanco & noni,may Allah grant ur wishes if Zambia's will truly rep africa n bring no shame...Who JAH bless, reigns 4 eva ...Haters
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    June 10, 2013 11:52 pm
    Hahahahahaha. Tanco na better breast milk them take feed you my brother. I go make sure say i frustrate every Ghanaian for this site. Them never see anything my brother. Everybody know say Ghana non go qualify for this world cup even their bleached face president know say no hope for Ghana, that na why he go dey beg the Ayew brothers and Prince Boateng make them for return to Ghana squad.... I repeat, LESOTHO 1 - 0 GHANA(own goal)...
  • tanco says:
    June 10, 2013 11:54 pm
    @joel, who is hater here? If not ur fellow ghanians who are happy dat mikel and moses are leaving chelsea
  • Black Stars Fan says:
    June 10, 2013 11:55 pm
    You are right. I remember he said Ghana will qualify ahead of Zambia, and he promised to surprise Zambia at Ndola. Now, look how he has shifted the post. This coach is liar and a manipulator.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    June 11, 2013 12:01 am
    U know Sudan is very upset about the bordroom points awarded to Zambia so I won't be suprised if they go and get at least a will all come down to the last game cause we r beating Lesotho hands can they stop a midfield of essien,frimpong,kwajwo asamoah,dede ayew,atsu,badu,wakaso,just to name a few and who knows kpb might be back....Zambia u r really in hot water...we don't loose world cup qualifier at home.assholes.
  • Black Stars Fan says:
    June 11, 2013 12:08 am
    You open mouth insult Ghana people like this, how we go like you? You sabi say Ghana know pass Naija for soccer, so we no go sit down make Naija man just open mouth dey yab us. Naija don qualify for World Cup plenty pass Ghana, tell me, where Naija reach in all these? If you respect even a child, he go respect you back, how much more Ghana way ibe your senior brother?
  • Black Stars Fan says:
    June 11, 2013 12:15 am
    Thank you, you are saying what Zambians have completely forgotten. Sudan don't care any more about the world cup only revenge is on their mind. Zambian's stole from them, therefore, Zambia must pay. I can't wait to see that match this week end.
  • black gold says:
    June 11, 2013 12:17 am
    @Kukuuphily u a fool ,ur name alone defines u. Talking about Average crap crap midfielders, this gay men likes masturbating with fantasy,midfield so u say?Football as gone pass diz,ask the ivorians an dey will notify u. Calling Names dat will Neva bring glory to gayna.
  • Ghanaman says:
    June 11, 2013 01:04 am
    The fact that non Ghanaians take time out of their day to come comment on our football shows we are the greatest. I don't go to another countries footballing site. They want to know what we are up to because they are scared. They should be.
  • NANA YAW says:
    June 11, 2013 02:31 am
    That NONI guy love Ghana oooo!!! hehehehe
  • Zambia Soccerman says:
    June 11, 2013 03:32 am
    @Kwame Thank you Kwame for pointing out this nonsense in this article. Maybe you should be the editor for this site the we go read sensible stuff. Na what conspiracy is this?
  • Zambia Soccerman says:
    June 11, 2013 03:32 am
    Thank you Kwame for pointing out this nonsense in this article. Maybe you should be the editor for this site the we go read sensible stuff. Na what conspiracy is this?
  • Smoking Columbia says:
    June 11, 2013 04:03 am
    This Ewe/Ayigbe coach paaa. He does not know that he is from the volta Region of Ghana lol. See, he name self Dotsi or Notsi or whatever lol. Just carry basket come, we go annihilate you. Aboawa! Kwasiasem you dey talk for there! Stomach direction coach; today Gh go qualify, 2morrow Zambia go qualify, wake your ass up, kwasia
  • zambia is our toilet hole says:
    June 11, 2013 04:04 am
    Sure they are scared at the mention of the name Ghana and how they wish they could be Ghana one Day,,,,So let the Zambians keep coming to our site.They know that the only strongest team on the continent and internationally recognized is Ghana Black Stars. Have you ever heard China compete with Africa in terms of Economy?Never,they think Africa is no where near them so they only like competing with AMERICA not even UK nor CANADA even though they are all well developed countries.Fellow Ghanaians,let's be proud of our country for the extremely strength and power we have in all field.Zambia only look up to us and really want to learn from us but they are doing that more or less partially and indirectly because the whole world and Zambians themselves know that they are just starters in the field of football.Zambians you are welcome to learn from us through all means,,by insults,mockery ,disrepute name it and whatever means you want and for we as a Civilized country well recognized on the world stage will not just reciprocate your actions,,,therefore let all Zambians know that,Either faking yourselves as our main brother Nigerians to come or by identity,,,,Ghanaians have every right not to respond to you which doesn't mean Ghanaians are threatened by your presence but only showing how Educated and Civilized we are and our status in the world and Africa as a whole.Ghanaians,we continue to be meek for ours is the kingdom of heaven and the sole ticket of the world cup Brazil 2014 which is already sealed.
  • stan says:
    June 11, 2013 04:10 am
    Does lesotho actually think they can beat ghana..
  • Wasanga baleteya says:
    June 11, 2013 05:35 am
    You Ghananians, can someone tell me when Zambia last lost to Ghana in a competitive match?
  • stan says:
    June 11, 2013 06:01 am
  • Trbye b says:
    June 11, 2013 06:31 am
    @Wasanga ur name alone tells me u a r fool ,whateva info u want, just google ugly southern African .How can africa progress when we hv inward & ugly pple like u Zambian on this continent
  • kwa george says:
    June 11, 2013 06:35 am
  • tanco says:
    June 11, 2013 06:35 am
    @black star fan, just hear yourself, ghana a big brother to naija? Can't just imagine dat, can u say latvia is a big brother to USA? U must be kidding... Even zambia is better than u at d moment bcos dey won afcon throphy just last year...can u tell me d last time u won afcon trophy??? 33 yrs ago l was not even born by then, why don't u people humble urself so dat God can lift u up
  • kwa george says:
    June 11, 2013 06:36 am
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    June 11, 2013 06:37 am
    Why don't you pray that your Super Eagles get the opportunity to take on Ghana during the next stage of the World Cup Qualifiers. That way you get to enjoy or cry as it will be more personal for you
  • Gud gh says:
    June 11, 2013 06:41 am
    Zambians n nigerians jx dey jeloz gh
  • Troy says:
    June 11, 2013 06:56 am
  • prime says:
    June 11, 2013 07:04 am
    I won't be surprised to see Sudan play 6 defenders, 4 midfielders. lol
  • Mulenga pulu says:
    June 11, 2013 07:04 am
    @ghanasoccernet its very sad when journalists like yourselves deliberately misrepresent what a person said to forster your own views be proffesion words like conspirency are unproffesional stop sowing seeds of hatred between ghanians and zambians we are one
  • Mulenga pulu says:
    June 11, 2013 07:11 am
    @kwame you are very objective keep it up
  • kofi gyan says:
    June 11, 2013 07:18 am
    I am scared of this unpredictable Zambia. If we are studying the old games Zambia played. They have changed the team makeup completely. Sleepless nights indeed.
  • confusion says:
    June 11, 2013 07:40 am
    this Nigeria guys thought Nigeria has qualify,forgotten Malawi is waiting for them,wait u go see
  • Wasanga baleteya says:
    June 11, 2013 07:40 am
    @TRBYE u are a pig in a flock of sheep. Why do u resort to insults? I just asked when Zambia last lost to Ghana in a competitive match?
  • Kalaba1 says:
    June 11, 2013 08:03 am
    The Zambia of 2012 is different from the Zambia of 2013,the new Zambia team has more strength lethal strikers genious midfilfers strong defence and tactical technical bench. On saturay goals will rain at Levy Estadio Sudan has no match and as for you Ghana we got a plan for you,call all your retirees at your own peril because they will be so confused and under pressure. Just a lone goal will be enough in Kumasi or accra or anywhere remember that Chipolopolo is not intimidated by crowd or players.
  • collynzo says:
    June 11, 2013 08:27 am
    We will qualify tomorrow before we even play Malawi at our home. Sorry.
  • ChoCho says:
    June 11, 2013 08:41 am
    Lesotho coach Leslie Notsie has supported the Black Stars to emerge winners in their group ahead of Zambia in the race to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year.The Chipolopolo have seen their lead cut to a point after they struggled to draw 1-1 against the Crocodiles in Maseru last Sunday. The draw has raised hopes among Ghanaian soccer fans while Zambia are left ruing the lost opportunity to maintain their point build-up. Notsie believes the Zambians have lost the spark that won them the 2012 African Cup of Nations title and do not possess any threat to the ambitions of the Black Stars to qualify to the global showpiece. “”I have played against all three teams in the group now and I would say Ghana looks too stronger and consistent compared to all the other because technically, I can see a lot of things,” Notsie told Sunyani-based Storm FM. “I was expecting a lot from them (Zambia) in our match because looking at their track record, they have been together for years and they are African champions.“Going out in the AFCON group stage, I thought they would come out as wounded Lions so I was a bit upset you know but in the end I was disappointed. “When we played Ghana, their team was not strong that time but we never had breath and I wanted the match to end fast but Zambia gave us belief that we can play them boot for boot.“I think their team is not strong anywhere because many of their players have run out of steam and it won’t be easy for them if they play this way. “Of course Ghana won’t have an easy game when they visit us in Maseru but true fact is, am not looking out of plenty in that match,” he added. Coach Herve Renard men are in turmoil after the country’s Sports Minister Sports Minister, Chishimba, threatened to disband the team following the set-back in Maseru. But the Frenchman insists their World Cup dreams are still alive and have the men to urge past the Ghanaians in the race to Brazil 2014. Dis coach is totally confused…well beat them 5-0 in their own backyard n as for you ZOMBIANS dierrr we will be waiting for you in OSEI KROM, THE GARDEN CITY…HEHEHEHEHEHEHE
  • dabagonshots says:
    June 11, 2013 08:58 am
    Masa, it is simple. Let us be grateful for this Lesotho Coach, he has warned us ahead, let us prepare for be fore warned is fore armed.
  • Don says:
    June 11, 2013 09:18 am
    If u get beaten in lesotho prepare to face our CHAN squad and trust me they'll make your stars look like boys.
  • Wasanga baleteya says:
    June 11, 2013 09:24 am
    Chocho you are a day dreamer.
  • zambia is our toilet hole says:
    June 11, 2013 05:08 pm
    And that is why Zambia is going no where near the world cup tournament .Ghana has the sole slot of the group,what is written is written.
  • willard says:
    June 12, 2013 09:15 am
    the black stars will get a shock of their lives in lesotho,the score board will read lesotho 3 ghana 2 in the sesotho stadium. i am very sure the road for ghana to qualify to brazil ends on sunday unfortunately,hard luck guys there is always a next time.
  • willard says:
    June 12, 2013 09:21 am
    the chipolopolo of zambia will only come to kumasi just to fulfil the fixture, we will conclude our mission on saturday in ndola and wait for a confirmation on sunday in maseru were the black stars of ghana will be embarrased by a tiny country within a country and make their world cup dreams more black. GO ZAMBIA GO
  • willard says:
    June 12, 2013 09:31 am
    i hope to see your comment on sunday
  • willard says:
    June 12, 2013 09:36 am
    but we went to the afcon finals in Gabon at the expense of Ghana,what will stop us from going to brazil at ghana's expense this time around. Ghana has always been a good customer to us in football,watch the space.
  • ALEX CHAMA says:
    June 12, 2013 02:15 pm
    HEAD TO HEAD:ZAMBIA VS LESOTHO World Cup 2014, Qualifying tournament 08.06.2013 Zambia 4:0 (1:0) Lesotho World Cup 2014, Qualifying tournament 24.03.2013 Lesotho 1:1 (0:0)Zambia COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2001, Quarterfinal 24.06.2001 Lesotho 1:2 (0:1)Zambia COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2000, Quarterfinal 11.06.2000 Lesotho 0:0(pen. 3:1)Zambia Friendly internationals 2000 01.03.2000 Zambia 2:0 (0:0)Lesotho COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup 1997, Preliminary round 02.03.1997 Lesotho 0:2 (0:2)Zambia Olympic Games 1980, Qualifying tournament Lesotho 0:0 Zambia Olympic Games 1980, Qualifying tournament, Africa, Second round Zambia 5:0 Lesotho World Cup 1974, Qualifying tournament, 04.06.1972 Zambia 6:1 (3:1)Lesotho World Cup 1974, Qualifying tournament 30.04.1972 Lesotho 0:0 Zambia May the BEST team qualify to the next round