Chipolopolo draws 1-1 with Lesotho

Former African soccer Champions, Zambia, Sunday afternoon failed to beat  Lesotho in a match they need to win to cement their place at the top of World Cup qualification group.

But alas, Lesotho scored just a minute from full-time to give  Lesotho a 1-1 draw with Zambia in Maseru after Collins Mbesuma opened the scoring entering the closing stages.

The failure to collect maximum points was a bitter blow for Zambia, who stay top of Group D with seven points, but Ghana can close the gap to just one point if they defeat Sudan in Kumasi later Sunday.

Zambia was awarded 3 points and 3-0 scoreline after the Court of Arbitration for Sports upheld FIFA’s decision to strip Sudan of a 2-0 win over Zambia for fielding an ineligible player in a 2014 World Cup qualifier played on 2nd June 2012. Zambia also defeated Ghana 1-0 on 9th June in Ndola.

After today’s match, Zambia faces Lesotho and Sudan at home on 8th and 15th June respectively before facing Ghana in Kumasi on 7th September.

Lesotho will face Ghana in June and then Sudan in September.EEthiopia snatched a dramatic 1-0 home victory over Botswana on Sunday to keep alive hopes of a first appearance at the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Substitute Getaneh Kebede, who replaced fellow-striker Adane Girma for the second half in Addis Ababa, snatched the lone goal two minutes from time in the high-altitude east African city.

Elsewhere in Africa, Ethiopia returned to the top of Group A with seven points, two more than overnight leaders South Africa, who overcame Central African Republic 2-0 in Cape Town on Saturday thanks to goals from Thabo Matlaba and Bernard Parker.

Tanzania scored three second-half goals to thrash four-time World Cup qualifiers Morocco 3-1 in Dar es Salaam and climb to within a point of Group C pacesetters Ivory Coast.

Thomas Ulimwengu broke the deadlock a minute after halftime and there was a brace for Mbwana Samata before Youssef El Arabi reduced arrears four minutes into stoppage time.

This humiliating loss, coupled with draws against Gambia and Ivory Coast, means Morocco are all but out of the running for Brazil, and the future of recently appointed coach Rachid Taoussi must be in doubt.

Mozambique and Guinea drew 0-0 in a dour Group G clash in Maputo, leaving leaders Egypt with the possibility of opening a five-point gap should they beat generally poor travellers Zimbabwe in Alexandria on Tuesday.



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141 Responses to "Chipolopolo draws 1-1 with Lesotho"

  1. Mpongo Muleya   March 26, 2013 at 18:29

    We can not continue wining in football if the governance of the country is deteriorating.

  2. Edward   March 26, 2013 at 18:14

    Renard why do you choose players like Mayuka who don’t even make the bench for their teams? How do you judge that they are in form? Playing names is long gone. Players must prove themselves.

  3. girl   March 26, 2013 at 14:41

    we need players who are serious,guys u need to pull up ur socks

  4. Chilufya   March 26, 2013 at 05:26

    Yes soccer is a numbers game you dont win soccer with stories. Its won win goals

  5. Chilufya   March 26, 2013 at 05:23

    Renard has no plan B. whoever built this Zambian team before Renard must be called back to do the job. Zambias poor performance started with the friendlies before AFCON. Why are we so blind? Why blame TP Mazembe now? Lets think like mature pipo. Zambian soccer did not start with Renard, he must go. South Africa relaplaced the coach and they are winning now. What is Zambia waiting for coz its clear that Renard and Kalusha are now lost. its only a fact, and soccer is and numbers game and hence you cant win using excusses on the mouth or stories we need goals and goals come in numbers not stories or white shirts. Its also important for people like kalusha to be in the forefront when Zambia looses especially talking to the press after a loss. Dont just claim credit when Zambia wins like during 2012 AFCON.

  6. jojoba   March 25, 2013 at 19:57

    let’s consider giving citizenship to strikers like Drogba.

  7. Paul   March 25, 2013 at 17:33

    Enough is enough the coach seem lost and has run out of options.The best thing to do is to humbly step down than to be fired.Country men and women this coach must go if we are to qualify to the world cup 2014.

  8. mwaka   March 25, 2013 at 17:09

    Renard must go and he should take Chris katonga, himoonde with him

  9. GABRIEL CHANDA   March 25, 2013 at 13:36

    AFCON loss still pains me. Why did we get ELIMINATED
    so early as AFRICAN CHAMPIONS ? Let us work-hard next time.

  10. Kachala   March 25, 2013 at 13:00

    Renard must go very soon to save us from further embarrasment.

    Christopher Katongo and Himonde must also leave space for others like
    Clifford Mulenga and one of Charles Musonda’s son.

  11. THE PRINCE   March 25, 2013 at 11:21


  12. masterplanner   March 25, 2013 at 10:41

    Mistake was removing mbesuma,the players are busy partying and womanising.Renard should monitor these players.

  13. Humphrey   March 25, 2013 at 07:51

    Rernard not thinking at all. let uz replace him before too late

  14. Mpangula Mputyu   March 25, 2013 at 07:27

    So what next. mathematics…

  15. Advocate   March 25, 2013 at 06:35

    There is no talent of football in Zambia.When you play with nyau dancers they can beat you cos you are mesmerized the way they play abnormal football.

  16. Powerful man   March 25, 2013 at 04:01

    Renard is full of rubbish!

    The team is finished from boozing and womanizing!

    This is the problem!

    • Complete Zambian   March 25, 2013 at 07:20

      I agree with you mwana. Renard is a complete full. Whoever supports him is also a fool.