Davies Nkausu of Zambia battles with Letsie Mojela of Lesotho during WorldCup Qualifier match
Minnows Lesotho mounted a late rally to snatch a 1-1 home draw against 10-man Zambia in a dramatic Group D match clash in Maseru, sparking Ghana?s hopes of winning the 2014 World Cup qualifying group.
This coupled with Ghana?s 4-0 thrashing of Sudan in Sunday?s other Group D game, leaves coach Kwesi Appiah?s side in a good position to qualify for the third round ahead of the next set of fixtures in June.
The Black Stars remained second in Group D with six points, just one point behind leaders Zambia, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Lesotho.
The group winners will advance to a decisive two-legged playoff that will determine Africa?s five representatives at next year?s World Cup in Brazil.
But Ghana will have to thank Lesotho for fighting Zambia in Maseru with the highlight of this tense match came in the 53rd minute when Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene was red carded for a challenge outside the box on striker Mojela Letsie.
This is after Letsie beat a high Zambia defensive line to pick out a poor back-pass from Stopilla Sunzu leaving Mweene with no choice but bravely stop the Lesotho striker halfway inside the visitors own area before more damage could be done.
Power Dynamos goalkeeper Joshua Titima was brought on for his 2014 World Cup qualifying debut after replacing striker Fwayo Tembo who had a modest return after a two-year hiatus from the team.
However Mweene?s departure failed to kill Zambia?s resolve as they battled exorcise the ghost of 2013 AFCON in South Africa where they failed to defend their title.
Man of the match Collins Mbesuma, who had tormented Lesotho throughout the game, came close to putting Zambia ahead in the 66th minute from an Isaac Chansa corner but his header hit upright and out of play.
Eight minutes later, Mbeusma made no mistake from similar position again from a Chansa set piece to put Zambia ahead as the visitors looked like they were heading for a memorable away win with a man down.
However, just a minute before full-time Litsepe Marabe who had given Zambia?s defence a torrid time in the first half danced past two defenders to deliver an unstoppable volley pasted Titima to deny Herve Renard?s side the three points.