Gaborone — The senior national team coach Adel Amrouche has released his provisional squad that will play against Zimbabwe and Algeria during the AFCON qualifiers.The Zebras is expected to face the Warriors of Zimbabwe on March 25 and Algeria on March 29.During the first leg of the AFCON qualifiers, the Zebras lost to Algeria and played a draw with Zimbabwe.
Botswana Football Association spokesperson Tumo Mpatane told BOPA in an interview that the team reported for camp on Sunday.
He said the Zebras stood a good chance of qualifying, saying they only needed six points while mathematically they need four. Mpatane said regardless of inactive football activities in Botswana due to COVID-19, the technical team was doing all in its capacity to maintain player’s fitness.
Mpatane noted that after the first session of the camp which took place in February, almost all the players were fit for the game , adding that he believed that the team would perform well. He said players had been working hard to maintain fitness and that they had shown hunger for the game.
Mpatane said Tshepo Maikano had rejoined the team after some reports during the first camp, noting that Maikano was now well aware of the coach’s intentions about the team. Amrouche has called on goalkeepers; Ezekiel Morake, Kabelo Dambe, and Lesenya Malapela. Jwaneng Galaxy goalkeeper Ezekiel Morake performed well during the CAF games against Orlando Pirates.
The defenders include Tshepo Maikano, Moagi Sechele, Mpho Stephen, Lesenya Ramoraka, Mothusi Johnson, Kitso Mangol, Tendai Kesekile, and Mosha Gaolaolwe. Middlefielders; Gofaone Molapi, Lopang Mosegi, Fortunate Thulare, Gape Gaogangwe, Molebatsi Tlhalefo, Bakang Tsholang, and Tshepo Ngwako.
To beef up the squad he has called Mishiani Thupa, Onkabetse Makgantai, Thabiso Boti, Elias Mbatshi, Resaobaka Thatanyane, Thatayaone Kgamanyane, Kobamelo Kebaikanye, and Thero Setsile. Coach Amrouche has also included the international-based players, who would join the rest of the team when FIFA week opens.
The 35-man squad is expected to bring back Zebras glory days by helping the national soccer team qualify for the second appearance of AFCON games slated for Cameroon next year.
Source: Botswana Daily News