Action as it happened: 2026 WCQ – Zimbabwe vs Lesotho

Follow our live coverage of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers Group C encounter between Zimbabwe vs Lesotho at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Zimbabwe 0-2 Lesotho


90+3′ Msendami tries from outside the box, the effort goes straight into the hands of the keeper.

90′ Five minutes added.

85′ Musona tries from a range but his effort goes over.

84′ Big Chance!!! Machope’s overhead kick hits the bar. Lesotho clear for a corner kick.

81′ Lesotho Sub:

80′ Yellow Card to Thabantso (Lesotho).

75′ Time running out for Zim as Lesotho keeps on frustrating them.

72′ Referee waves off a penalty appeal from Zim after Machope is brought down by the keeper inside the box.

70′ Yellow Card to Lesotho. Free kick to Zim in a dangerous position. Musona takes it but the ball is cleared for a corner kick which is also cleared.

69′ Free kick to Zim, Mbeba hits the wall.

68′ Zim Sub: Musona replaces Chirewa.

65′ Yellow Card to Munetsi (Zim).

64′ Lesotho Sub:

60′ Zimbabwe now controlling the pace but yet to create a threatening attack.

58′ Yellow card to Mbeba.

59′ Msendami delivers a great cross. Lesotho keeper comes out and collects.

55′ Maswanhise misses a good header from Lunga’s cross.

52′ Munetsi beats his markers and delivers a cut back into the box but the dangerous ball finds no takers.

50′ A cagey start to the second half.

46′ Zim Sub: Machope, Maswanhise replace Zemura, Kadewere.

46′ Second half resumes.


45+4′ Corner kick to Zim, Lesotho clear the danger.

45+2′ Thabantso breaks away and is alone with only the keeper to beat. He sends his effort over in a 1-v-1.

45′ Four minutes added.

44′ Free kick to Zim, Mbeba takes it but Munetsi fails to reach for the ball at far post.

38′ Free kick To Zim, Munetsi sends it in and Hadebe heads but keeper deflects the ball for a corner. The dead ball comes in but their is huge penalty shout after Lesotho defender handles the ball. Referee gives another corner kick instead. Lesotho clear the danger.

34′ Play temporarily stopped as Lesotho keeper receives medical attention after colliding with Chirewa.

31′ Goal!!! Lesotho doubles the lead through Thabantso.

30′ Big Chance fo Zim. Chirewa gets the space and shoots but he hits the cross bar.

26′ Corner kick to Zim, Mbeba sends it in but Lesotho clear the danger.

25′ Free kick to Zim on the edge of the box. Munetsi takes it and is a dangerous effort on target. Lesotho keeper does well to parry the ball out for a corner kick.

23′ Msendami cuts through and tries to shoot from a range. He gets the space and his effort goes wide.

21′ Goal!!! Lesotho opens the scoring through Rasethuntsa, who scores from a corner kick. Casual defending from Andrew Mbeba.

17′ Zemura delivers a dangerous cross inside the box, no takers and Msendami is too wide but collects the ball. He sends a cut back but evades every one and Zemura picks it again but fails to make anything good out of it.

15′ A quarter of an hour has passed and it’s still goalless. No big chances created so far.

11′ Zim on a quick break with Kadewere and Zemura is at the end of it. He tries to lays it on for Msendami inside the box but Lesotho blocks the short. He picks the ball again and tries to shoot but his effort is too weak.

10′ Free kick to Zim in a dangerous position after foul on Lunga. Mbeba takes but his cross is too low and Lesotho clear the danger.

9′ Munetsi releases a through ball to Kadewere but the striker is muscled off the ball.

7′ Yellow card to Hadebe (Zim).

7′ Play stopped for medical attention after Hadebe fouled Lesotho striker Sera inside the centre circle.

5′ Warriors holding an edge in possession in the early minutes and venturing forward occasionally but are yet to create a chance at goal.

4′ Free kick to Zim after Msendami is brought down near the centre circle in Lesotho’s half.

2′ Chirewa disposes an opponent but the referee blows for a free-kick in Lesotho’s half.

1′ Lesotho kicks off the game. Zim in all green, Lesotho in blue and white.

Zim XI: Benard, Mbeba, Takwara, Hadebe, Lunga, Munetsi, Rinomhota, Chirewa, Zemura, Msendami, Kadewere.

Lesotho XI: Moerane, Matsoele, Rasethuntsa, Makhele, Malane, Lebokollane, Matsau, Fathoane, Thabantso, Sera, Sefali


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