Zebras Women Make Nation Proud

| May 25, 2015

Botswana women’s national football team, Zebras, on Friday (May 22) put a sterling performance to beat the visiting Kenya women’s national team 2-1 in the run for the Rio 2016 Olympic Qualifiers.

In the first leg game played on Friday afternoon in a near empty New Lobatse Sports Complex, the Zebras gave the Harambee women a run for their money as they took command of the game right from the beginning to the end.

They created a lot of scoring chances rendering the Kenyan side weak and frail.

A rebound of the ball from the Kenyan goal Keeper Owino Poline Antieno gave Refilwe Tholakele a chance to scoop the ball and score the leading goal of the game on the 20th minute.

The commanding lead into the game gave the local ladies confidence which saw them making more attacks and creating more chances to score.

With easy passes around, the girls showed confidence on the ball and within 10 minutes after the first goal, Amogelang Moahi started a corner kick that saw Lesego Keleboge scoring the second goal of the game.

The game went into second half with the Zebras women leading the Harambee women with a 2- 0 margin. From half time, the Harambee girls seemed to be determined to come from behind as they fought hard to get to the 18th area many times.

However, Botswana’s goalkeeper, Sedilame Boseja’s confidence on the ball and a tight defense that worked closely and communicated well with Sedilame denied the Harambee ladies good chances to have the ball in the net.

It was only on the 93rd minute that the Kenyan ladies got an opportunity when the Botswana defense lost the ball and Mary Wantjiku capitalised on the mistake to score .

In an interview, Zebras coach Sepheko Motlhagodi said she was happy with the players’ performance, adding that though the Kenyans scored an away goal, the Zebras would not be discouraged by that, but would rather work hard to double their efforts.

He said they were working closely with the ladies so they maintain the lead when they play the second leg of the game in Kenya. Kenya coach, David Ouma said they came well prepared for the game, knowing that Botswana team was not a walk in the park.

Ouma said he was happy with his team’s performance, though Botswana gave them a tough time, they were blessed to have utilised the one chance they got to score an away goal.

He said the away goal was an aantage to his team because it gives them a double score aantage. He said at their home ground they were sure to sail through to the next round because they will definitely score a goal on their home ground.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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