Football Teams Seek Olympic Berth

| May 22, 2015

The senior national women’s football team coach, Gaolethoo ‘Ronaldo’ Nkutwisang, has promised to leave no stone unturned when they meet Kenya in an Olympic qualifier in Lobatse on Friday (May 22).

Speaking at a press conference in Gaborone, Nkutwisang said despite poor preparations, her team knew the importance of the game and would do all in their best to emerge victorious.

“The girls are ready and they are focused, generally morale is high in the camp and the hurdles we encountered during our preparations will not deter us from bringing results on the day,” she said.

Nkutwisang said she was confident of coming up with a positive result, given the fact that she would be using the same squad she used in the All Africa Games qualifiers.

She disclosed that they would be playing without the injured Phatshimo Bosa, adding that Kenya were a closed book to them.

The Zebras women will battle it out with Harambee Starlets at 4pm, and immediately after that game the men’s Under 23 team, the Young Zebras will battle it out with Zambia’s Young Chipolopolo without their coach Keitumetse ‘Pio’Paul who was fired by Botswana Football Association on Wednesday (May 20).

The Young Zebras might find it difficult on the day, given that five of their instrumental players, Omaatla Kebatho, Mpho Kgaswane, Tapiwa Gadibolae, Mosha Gaolalwe and Kabelo Seakanyeng will be not part of the team since they had been roped into the senior national team that will compete in COSAFA.

However, in the absence of the five players and their coach, assistant coach Davies ‘Mlungisi’ Kopi will have to use all the players who are available for selection on the day, utilising the talent at his disposal to motivate them to succeed against the odds.

The Young Zebras managed to proceed to the current round of the competition after playing a four all draw with Kenya, thereby managing to qualify on the away goal rule.

As was the case against Kenya, who the Young Zebras defeated 3-0 in Lobatse before losing 4-1 in Nairobi, the local lads will have to take aantage of the home ground. The winning team will aance to the final round and will face Ivory Coast for a place at the finals to be played in Senegal.

Meanwhile the following players in the women’s team will be available for selection.

Goalkeepers: Sedilame Bosija (Township Rollers), Refilwe Tshambani (Auckland Queens-Zimbabwe), Peggy Segokgo (Double Action).

Defenders: Kgomotso Molefe (Double Action), Veronica Mogotsi (Makufa), Tlamelo Motlhale, Masego Montsho, Nancy Baeletsi (Township Rollers)

Midfielders: Bonang Otlhagile, Boitumelo Gammu, Thuso Leseane (Double Action), Golebaone Selebatso (Untouchable), Lebogang Setereke (Auckland Queens-Zimbabwe), Refilwe Matlho, Kesegofetse Mochawe, Meat Girls).

Strikers: Lesego Keleboge (Prisons), Thuto Ramafifi, Kitso Sheba (Double Action) Refilwe Tholakae, Chedza Katsibe (Meat Girls), Amogelang Moahi (Township Rollers) Nondi Mahlasela (Untouchable) and Masego Koboto (Township Rollers).

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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