Lesotho was held to a goalless draw at home by Sudan in their second 2014 World cup match played at Setsoto Stadium on Sunday afternoon in Maseru.
The first 45 minutes was a half controlled by the home side, but despite their dominance they couldn't break a stubborn Sudan defence marshaled by goalkeeper El Muz Maghoub.
Lesotho team opted to take shots from long range, but with very little success. The Crocodile's first shot on goal came in the 15th minute courtesy of Botswana based striker Lehlomela Ramabele who let rip with a powerful shot just outside the box.
His effort though was saved by Maghoub.
Three minutes later and Sudan, despite seeing very little action had the best chance of the half. Muhannad Tahir found himself in space 12 yards out from goal, but his shot was well saved by Lesotho goalkeeper Kholuoe Phasumane.
In the 40th minute Ramabele was in the thick of the action again, but again his shot was saved Maghoub.
The first 10 minutes of the second half lacked real action with the first attempt on goal coming on the 60th minute. The introduction of midfielder Ralekoti Mokhahlane on the 65th minute seemed to bring some spark in the attack of the Lesotho team.
Lesotho took the game to the Sudanese as they searched for the opening goal of the match, but the visitors defence stood solid.
Speedy Winger Katleho Moleko got to the end of Mokhahlane cross, but he headed wide from the six yards out. In the 77th minute Sudan were bitterly unlucky not to take the lead when Mohamed Ahmed hit the wood from 12 yards.
Lesotho coach Leslie Notsi introduced speedy winger Janefeke Molibeli to bolster his attack.
Striker Bakri Almadini also came in for Sudan; his presence was soon felt after he was introduced. Almadini seemed to be the danger man for the Sudanese in attack.
Sudan moved to the top of group D with four points, ahead Ghana in second place on three points and Zambia in third also on three points while Lesotho brings up the rear with a single point from this 0-0 draw against Sudan.