KUMASI is a very difficult place to go and win but Ghana can only write off Zambia at their own peril, says Lesotho coach Leslie Notsi.
Zambia goes to Kumasi for the penultimate Group D World Cup qualifier against the 'Black Stars' of Ghana in a game which Chipolopolo must win to progress to the second and final round of qualifiers, while Ghana will only need a draw.
Group D comprises Ghana, Zambia, Sudan and Lesotho but Lesotho and Sudan are already out of the race to qualify for Brazil 2014, leaving only Zambia and Ghana, who are separated by a point only.
Kumasi is known for hostile crowds and mind-boggling games for visiting teams.
Lesotho allegedly endured pre-match mind games and went on to lose the game by 8-0 when they went for their group qualifier last year.
In an interview in Ndola on Saturday, Notsi said Zambia knew how to handle big fixtures.
"It's a difficult place, but I think you cannot write off Zambia. They are a good team with a strong mentality and are not intimidated playing big away fixtures," Notsi said. "Zambia has a chance just like Ghana. You people have a strong team that can withstand any amount of pressure, so in Ghana, Zambia can come out with a result, though it's a difficult place but again you can't rule out Zambia."
Ghana is top of the group with 12 points, followed by Zambia with 11, making the September 6 encounter a crunch match.