7 February 2013

Zambia/Lesotho: Lesotho Wary of 'Wounded' Chipolopolo

LESOTHO coach Leslie Notsi says his team is wary of the Chipolopolo backlash when the two teams clash in the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Maseru on March 22 before a return fixture two weeks later.

Notsi said Lesotho were bracing for the wounded Chipolopolo's visit next month in a tie that would see the 2012 African Champions playing their first competitive game since relinquishing its crown in South Africa on January 29.

"Now they will be more dangerous because they will be like wounded tigers. I am still expecting a very tough game. Because now after their early exit, they will come back stronger and would want to make amends," he said.

Notsi told MTNFootball.com that Lesotho were not going to take Zambia lightly in Maseru despite their Africa Cup misadventure.

"I think they still played well, they still showed they have matured; it is just that at some stage, luck wasn't on their side. I think the game that they should have won was against Ethiopia," Notsi said.

"The last match against Burkina Faso they showed that they are a mature team, they still threw every thing at Burkina Faso but luck was not on their side. They still possess very good tactical awareness. They have very good players, they have very good players," he added.

Zambia currently lead Group D on six points, two ahead Sudan from whom they snatched points off for fielding an ineligible player in a 2-0 away loss in Khartoum on June 2, 2012.

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