CHAN Qualifier – Lesotho vs Zim: Preview, Team news, H2H Stats, Venue & Kick-off time

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The Warriors’ Chan squad arrived in Lesotho on Thursday ahead of today’s second leg of the final round 2020 Chan Qualifiers.

Zimbabwe is carrying a 3-1 lead from the reverse fixture played in Harare last month.

The team will be looking to preserve their advantage and book a place to next year’s finals in Ethiopia which will mark their return to the tournament.

Interim coach Joey Antipas is eager to achieve that today as he was quoted in the media as saying: “The main point is to qualify because you could win, lose, draw the match and still qualify. But our main emphasis is to go out there and qualify.

“Lesotho is a dangerous team at home, so we have to be on our toes.

The last time Warriors played in Lesotho was in 2017 in a friendly match and they lost 1-0.

Venue & Kick-off time:
The match kicks-off at 3 pm Zimbabwean time at Setsoto Stadium in Maseru.

Team News
Antipas might make no changes at the back with Partson Jaure, Ian Nakati, Xolani Ndlovu and Peter Muduhwa all expected to retain their places in the first XI.

Joel Ngodzo could start in the midfield along with Ralph Kawondera and Tichaona Chipunza.

In-form striker Prince Dube, who scored a double in the first leg, is likely to lead Zimbabwe’s attack with Phineas Bamusi and Valentine Kadonzo aiding him.

Head-to-head Stats
Lesotho has only beaten Zimbabwe once in the last decade, a 1-0 victory in a friendly match played in November 2017.

The Warriors, however, have dominated in other matches, winning eight times in the last ten encounters between the two sides.

Here are the Head-to-head Stats of the two nations since 2009:

Zimbabwe 2-2 Lesotho (COSAFA Cup – 19 Oct 2009)
Zimbabwe 5-3 Lesotho (International Friendly – 17 Jul 2012)
Zimbabwe 2-1 Lesotho (COSAFA Cup – 17 Jul 2013)
Zimbabwe 3-1 Lesotho (CHAN Qualifiers – 16 Oct 2015)
Lesotho 1-1 Zimbabwe (CHAN Qualifiers – 25 Oct 2015)
Lesotho 3-4 Zimbabwe (COSAFA Cup – 5 July 2017)
Lesotho 1-0 Zimbabwe (International Friendly – 8 Nov 2017)
Lesotho 0-0 Zimbabwe (P)* (COSAFA Cup – 6 Jun 2018)
Zimbabwe 2-2 Lesotho (P)* (COSAFA Cup – 7 Jun 2019)
Zimbabwe 3-1 Lesotho (CHAN Qualifiers – 22 Sep 2019)
*Zim won the match after a penalty shootout.