Zebras Ready to Kick Bafana Bafana

| May 15, 2015

The senior national football team coach, Peter Butler, says the team has made a lot of progress under his mentorship.

Butler took over the Zebras reigns in February 2014 and has rebuilt the team by bringing in many youngsters.

As the Zebras intensified preparations for the COSAFA Senior Championships quarterfinal clash with South Africa next week, the Englishman remained confident that his young team could pull off an upset.

The two Southern Africa neighbours meet at Moruleng Stadium next week Sunday (May 24) at 5:30pm. Butler has gone for a mixture of youth and inexperience in his squad selection.

Players such as Katlego Koobake, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Tapiwa Gadibolae, Omaatla Kebatho, Mpho Kgaswane and Kaone van der Westhuizen have been fast-tracked from the under-23 squad, while the likes of Mogogi Gabonamong, Modiri Marumo, Joel Mogorosi, Ofentse Nato, Kabelo Dambe and Mogakolodi Ngele offer the necessary experience.

Butler explained in a press conference on May 13 that he was impressed by the quality of players he had at his disposal.

“You would say we are in a transformation period. If you look back 16 months from our first game here, now we have a really g development pool of young players coming through. We are in a ger position in terms of the depth and quality of players, and the average age of players is tumbling down as well,” he stated.

Therefore, he said the Zebras would not be going to South Africa just to make numbers.

“I don’t know a lot about their coach, but they have a lot bigger funding compared to us. They have a bigger pool of players, fantastic facilities you can’t compare the two really. But come the 24th we will give them a hell of a game,” Butler said.

The coach admitted that entering the competition at the knockout stage would be a lot tougher. He said including many under-23 players was good for the long term development of the team.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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