Lesotho have an inconsistent history trying to qualify for the FIFA World Cup™. Affiliated with FIFA since 1964, they did not attempt to make the tournament until 1974. Eight years later, the Crocodiles were unsuccessful again, and it wasn't until Korea Republic/Japan 2002 that they again entered the preliminaries in earnest. South Africa proved to be much too strong in that case, while four years later Botswana also had their number. Four years ago, Lesotho started off their first qualifying group phase with an encouraging 3-2 loss to Ghana. Unfortunately, they did not score again and lost the rest of their six matches.
The current crop
Recent success by Lesotho’s U-20 team in reaching the continental finals, something the senior side has failed to do, is a positive sign. The nucleus of that team will be expected to contribute, especially as they missed out on the chance to gain experience in qualifying for the 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations.
Coach: Leslie Notsi
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: None