Lesotho stun Tanzania to send group L wide open

DAVID GOMBE

Lesotho stunned East African neighbours Tanzania 1-0 at Setsoto Stadium, Maseru to go second in Group L of the ongoing qualification campaign.

Moses Maliehe’s coached side needed nothing less than three points to keep their dream alive of qualifying for the AFCON for the first time in the country’s history.

Emmanuel Amunike coached side also needed to maximise points against Lesotho to seal qualification.

Both sides played to a goalless first half though the home side looked more threatening creating various scoring opportunities but their finishing let them down.

With only 14 minutes to normal time, Nkau Lerotholi struck for the Crocodiles to send the home fans into a bouncing frenzy.

The game ended 1-0 a result that saw Lesotho Likuena climb to second place in Group L with a better head to head but with 5 points as third placed Tanzania.

Emmanuel Amunike who replaced Salum Mayanga as Tanzania head coach with a task of guiding the nation to the 2019 AFCON final tournament in Cameroon will have to beat Uganda in the March next year and pray that Lesotho and Cape Verde game ends in a stalemate.

The Taifa Stars last qualified for the final tournament in 1980, it was the first time and only time the Swahili speaking nation. If they are to end their 38 year wait they will need divine intervention to book a ticket to Cameroon.

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