Ghana move above Zambia in World Cup qualifiers after win over Lesotho

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Ghana regained control in Group D of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers after a hard-fought 2-0 win in Lesotho on Sunday.

Goals from defender John Boye and Asamoah Gyan helped the Black Stars to cruise to the impressive victory in Maseru against a very stubborn Lesotho side, giving the West Africans the advantage in the group.

The Black Stars have now toppled Zambia at the top of the group with a one point lead after the desperate were held to a shock 1-1 draw against Sudan in Ndola on Saturday.

Ghana knew victory in Maseru will better their chances of progressing to the final qualifying round and did not disappoint.

After reeling under pressure in the opening 40 minutes, the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists opened the scoring against the run of play.

AC Milan ace Sulley Muntari dinked in a free-kick which was headed on by Jonathan Mensah for centre-back John Boye to finish off.

The visitors held onto the lead to go into the break the happier of the two sides.

After the interval, Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah pulled out striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom and brought on 2009 FIFA U20 star Dominic Adiyiah.

Also, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu substituted Muntari as coach Kwesi Appiah sought to sore up the midfield following incessant second-half attacks from the home side.

The strategy by the Black Stars coach paid off as they regained control of the midfield to create opportunities for the Ghanaian attackers.

Lesotho coach Leslie Notsi was forced to replace first choice goalkeeper Mohau Kuenane just after the hour mark for picking up an injury.

Phasumane Kholuoe took his position and  in the 85th minute he picked up a ball from his net after failing to stop Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan.

Gyan was set up by Kwadwo Asamoah as the striker’s first shot was blocked by the goalkeeper before the Black Stars responded by diving to to head in the winner.

Ghana now need a draw against Zambia at home in September to advance to the third qualifying round of the qualifiers.

Ghana line-up: Fatau Dauda, Samuel Inkoom, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Rabiu Mohammed/Rashid Sumalia, Sulley Muntari/Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Richmond Boakye Yiadom/Dominic Adiyiah, Asamoah Gyan, Christian Atsu.

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107 Responses to Ghana move above Zambia in World Cup qualifiers after win over Lesotho

  1. My friend stop dreaming.
    dont be fucked up HH cant be a messiah sent
    by God.Dont involve God in this Rubbish
    The fact is that Zambia cant beat Ghana at Home.
    Imagine u was given free three points but u still failing
    to perform.

    NEVER MIND - June 19, 2013
    09:21

  2. I think the goalie who manned the goalpost during Lesotho/Zambia game should be allowd to be on duty. Nothing against ba Mweene!

    The Don - June 18, 2013
    10:40

  3. my comment pliz

    willard - June 18, 2013
    09:15

  4. we have done it before against south africa,we beat them 3-1 in their own back yard when they were boasting of a world class brazilian coach. Ghana are a very formidable side but chipolopolo has always come out tops in many encounters with them.if you remember very well our qualification to the 1988 soul olympics where great kalu scored a hat trick when we defeated italy 4-0 was at the expense of Ghana whom we over powered 2-1 on aggregate right there in Ghana.in football, history usually repeats its self,we have an edge over Ghana going by the last two encounters,in 2012 we beat them 1-0 in Bata enroute to the finals with ivory coast in Libravile,were zambia went on to win the finals,during the qualifiers we beat them again 1-0 in Ndola at the Levy mwanawasa stadium,above all our coach Herve Renard was once a physical trainer for Ghana which gives us another advantage because Renard knows the strengths and weaknesses in all the Ghana players.am very confident we will still beat Ghana in kumasi and qualify to the last round of the qualifiers.another thing which gives me confidence about us winning in kumasi is the fact that ghanaians are panicking, thats why it took the entire head of state his exellence Mahama to convince the likes of kevin prince boeteng,the ayew brothers and micheal essien to beef up their squard ahead of the mouth watering clash against the mighty chipolopolo of zambia.i cant wait for that day,8th september 2013 is the day. GO ZAMBIA GO.

    willard - June 18, 2013
    09:13

  5. The problem in our case is the zambian fans themselves,most of you here are coward football fans who want the easy way out of things,lets assume zambia beat lesotho away by 20-0 and sudan in zambia 8-0 that would have made us top by three points as at now with an agregate of +30,what difference would it make?ghana only need a win by a 2 goal margin and they are through because it is based on head to head results and i said this a long time ago before qualifiers started that zambia and ghana will be decided on head to head and we deserve to qualify for just being in contention up to this point and if you wanted to qualify without beating ghana at their home ground then you must stop watching football,to win afcon we had to beat a well supporting tough host team then we beat sudan,ghana and ivory coast,you fans would have wanted to avoid ghana and ivory coast but you forget that to be the deserving beat the best…you fans are why HR doesn’t give interviews,you are iritating and demotivating and only think football is always there for zambia to win when even brazil loses.Shame

    CONCERNED CITIZEN - June 18, 2013
    07:53

    • my brother,our team need train hard otherwise it is difficult to win. the reality is that football today is no longer an art, it is scientific. let the team go for professional training abroad.they are lacking something and that is reason they are still struggling. they need proper training so that they can also play teams like spain but can you say zambia is at par with such big teams? so people are not just ghana is good but they looking a lot factors and they are principles in modern football.

      GN - June 18, 2013
      15:30

  6. Rome was not built in one day please soccer fans. we need to encourage our national team to improve. it is the only team we ve at moment. let us allow them for farther training abroad for two months, you will see them improve from where they are. you can’t gauge a team that does not train with professional teams abroad and expect to beat team like Ghana. I remember last year Ghana started camping in south america and since then that team has been improving because they are totally serious with their training program. Look at ivory coast’s winning record in this tournament and training program, it is very good as compared to ours. The solution for our team is to ve a co ordinated technical bench and training program in europe and south america.period.

    GN - June 18, 2013
    07:52

  7. Lets waite and see and not just condemn. The same God who was with us is Garbon will be with us in Ghana.

    margaritar - June 18, 2013
    07:05

  8. We will be back on Top watch this space for surprises. Football is not for the faint hearted

    ikafa - June 18, 2013
    06:37

  9. God help those who help themselves.Honestly, The Blackstars of Ghana are taking revenge(peaceful win)on the Zambians. So far as all the most wanted players are in the Stars camp,we hope to see them win and triumph victoriously at Kumasi whilst we support them with the greatest funs ever as we do in no any other part in Ghana particularly except there(Kumasi). I will not boast of any player but surely I know our players will not fail us this time around because they promise us. We live to see September

    Ephraim - June 18, 2013
    00:49

  10. attitude of the players is bad..Fwayo tembo just after the game he goes to a disco house,what a foolish behavior,instead of reflecting on the game against Sudan and planing the way forward.No wonder Zambia keeps on failing.We cant have players who have no vision and focus.Our football players are no SERIOUS,but foolish.After the any game players must seat together and discuss even for a week.Its time the players understand the blueprint of the nation.”WINNING”.The mindset is bad the next time attitude.Shame on all our player coz they are after money and dont have the nation at Heart.

    sad 2 c - June 17, 2013
    17:56

  11. 4get about Brazil.Ghana congrats.Work hard nxt time.

    juba yalenga - June 17, 2013
    16:04

  12. NEVER CONTRADICT YOURSELVES TO PRAYING TO THE LIVING GOD AND THE ENERMY TO THE ISRAELITES. WHY GO TO PALESTINE WHEN YOU USED ISRAEL FLAG TO CLENSE YOURSELVES. WYNTER ANF SATA ARE JUST A PROBLEM. VIVA GHANA- WHO CARES AFTER ALL.

    Rusco - June 17, 2013
    14:01

  13. we ar beatng gana no matas wat.jst pleadg to da players nt to be ova exited.

    zondiwe mbewez - June 17, 2013
    13:59

  14. PF has to change the strategy, how do you beat up people and these killings, above all , you use the israeli FLAG because you know Jesus is the King of everything, but at his back you go to PALESTINE and negotiate for something. You can not be double standard like that. GOD THE ALMIGHTY KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE UP TO. ANY WAY WHO CARES, KABWILI HAS TRIED HIS BEST AND KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE THE PROBLEM IS, IT IS THE PF LEADERSHIP ESPECIALLY KABIMBA and HIS BOSS. VIVA GHANA.

    Rusco - June 17, 2013
    13:58

  15. ;They can even camp in South Sudan!kikikikiki

    DUDE - June 17, 2013
    13:42

  16. no ways Zambia will qualify in this group stage.
    1. they were awarded three points for free( they never took advantage of it)
    2. they drew with small Lesotho in Maseru

    3. they had their last chance of winning at Home with Sudan.

    game over just focus on Africa Cup qualifier in Morocco,that is the fact. and Zambia will never ever qualify for world cup until maybe the year 3000.

    kaingo - June 17, 2013
    12:53

    • Iwe chimbwi no plan, it is by God’s will that Zambia finds itself in this position. Because were awarded free points, God didn’t like that, we need to prove to the world that we deserve to be in the World cup by beating Ghana when everybody thot we are out. Thats the plan. Ghana 1 Zambia 2 in Kumasi period.

      MweeneD - June 18, 2013
      16:58

  17. Fwayo Tembo sure,after the game 20hrs at the disco house shame,No wonder Zambia will not go far….The players attitude is very bad.I dont understand how one can go to a disco house,just after a draw instead of reflecting on the game even for a week.Shame very shameful,Such mindset you cant move forward.Zambia will keep on failing until our mindset is changed…disappointed soccer fan

    dad - June 17, 2013
    12:12

    • HE’S ONLY HUMAN! he went to drown his sorrows there in intoxicating steins liquids e.g. mosi/castle.

      The Don - June 18, 2013
      10:34

  18. I have VERY LITTLE hope that Zambia will beat Ghana…

    Mwansa - June 17, 2013
    11:07

    • Don’t worry we will invite PF cadres to beat Ghana for us.

      sundan - June 17, 2013
      11:34

      • Hear! Hear! we will send the [North] Sudan, Cuban, Chinese, Palestinian trained militias to Accra to “beat” Ghana…

        KDK (7 Honorary degrees!) - June 17, 2013
        18:57

  19. lets camp our team for at least two months in south america and europe, train them with teams like flamingo, every week. Pretence is bad. our team is almost out of the the world cup tournament and there is need for us to spend and train them with strong teams, if we like football seriously than training with our local teams. most of the players we ve are locals who lack professional experience, and most professionals are always warming the bench therefore they lack mental, physical and tactical skills.Ghana is calling about four deadly professional players e.g. michael essen, bolteng,eyew brothers.if you ignore this proposal then stop talking about football.By the way how about kumasi environmentally? is it something like beach football requred? the earlier the better for zambia to start preparing now//

    GN - June 17, 2013
    10:51

    • Tax payer’s money? Nonsense!

      Kamunu - June 17, 2013
      11:58

      • my brother, in modern football players are supposed to be exposed to standards that you ve to spend alot of money. look at the teams that perform better arround the world, high costs are involved. recently, nigeria team had a problem of allowances and almost boycotted brazil tournament. it had to take nfa to negotiate with the team. what of the expenses incurred during training and being in brazil today. it is tax payers. the problem is, you want our zambian team to be professional without looking at other factors.let them be exposed and gain professional football

        GN - June 18, 2013
        15:47

  20. We ve remained with only a game against Ghana in September. Remember guys when the last team perished in Gabon, We had to reconstitute a team in Denmark and training commenced for a month and the players came back under polsen, played at Independence Stadium and we won Morocco 1-0. lets not lose hope. Even today, Zambia can still do better if they comp in South america now and train with profeesional teams like Flamingo every week up to the time we meet Ghana.Lets avoid training with the local ones e.g. Nkana coz they are not professionaly good to be a basis for our teams performance. Our National Team is lacking technical, mental preparedness to meet pressure at each stage they meet opponents (Sudan, Ghana), and physical abilities because some of the players we ve are on bench most of the time where they play due to different reasons e.g. Mayuka,Mbola,Sunzu,Kalaba. International exposure is cardinal especially for new players e.g. Mukuka mulenga,B. Mwape.We are at the edge of the tournament and seriously we can’t beat Ghana who ve Michael Essen and other two deadly players from AC Milan. Lets be realistic. If this proposal is ignored forget about the World Cup.

    GN - June 17, 2013
    10:16

  21. I believe Zambia will beat Ghana by whatever score line. They have performed so well so far. The game against Lesotho is a wake up call and it is good that things are like this. This will also prepare Zambia to face greater challenges. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. I am very sure that Renard is aware of all the shortcomings that we have had in the last two games and he surely has put in measures to ensure we get the glory on that day. As far as I know football is about getting ready and knowing the opponent. Zambia we are behind you all the way and for sure you will carry the day.

    peter - June 17, 2013
    10:09

  22. attitude…..pf “poor finish” too much talk……no results.
    Foolishness at its best.Ba mbesuma talling sudan that they will feel his weight, ha ha ha what happened?Zambia players are too passive.Ghana is going through to the last round.

    vivi - June 17, 2013
    10:07

  23. Attitude………

    vivi - June 17, 2013
    09:56

  24. Tupolopolo we have are bad news even if Sir fugersson coaches zambia i dnt think we can get the world cup,the tired legs we have how do you allow a go within 30seconds after you score ,ZNBC poor coverable when will u be like SABC iNJECT FRESH BLOOD NOT OLD IDEAS
    DISAPOINTED WITH ZAMBIAN FOOTBALL

    LETS CHANGE

    muzambia - June 17, 2013
    09:43

  25. You pipo,why allow blood stained hands and shrunk buttocks VP Scott watch our games at Levy,that’s why we drew with Sudan,waminyama.Their ZNS are busy killing innocent pipo and you expect to win,no!God doesn’t opperate like that. When HH watched the lesotho game at Levy, we won convincingly because he’s clean,he’s a messiah sent by God.

    Pwetete Pwetete - June 17, 2013
    09:42