Botswana Struggles in Qualifiers

| July 27, 2016

Botswana Under 21 national netball team has found the going tough at the ongoing Netball World Youth Cup (NWYC) Africa qualifiers in Gaborone.

The team has registered two consecutive losses against Zambia and South Africa.

Botswana started off on a good note when they beat Lesotho 66-9 on July 24. The duo of Boikanyo Selogetso and Chenesani Mbangiwa was on rampage against a tactically weak Lesotho.

However, the fairy tale came to a halt when Botswana quared off with Zambia in a nail biting match. Zambia was a hard nut to crack.

Botswana lost 35-42 in the Monday encounter. Zambia, which played a quick passes game, triumphed against a rather confused Botswana.

The tournament hosts scooped the first quarter trying to set the lead with a close call of 13-14.

In the second quarter, Zambia returned a motivated team and rose to the occasion winning three sets with 24-17, 34-25 and 42-35. In post-match analysis Botswana coach, Kagisano Mawela said Zambia had a lot of physical edge over her side.

Mawela was of the view that there was a lot that influenced their loss, one being lack of mental strength.

"We did not play our game plan, we let Zambia control us and made us play their game," she said.

She said it was always a challenge to play an easy game on a start, because it could easily mislead the players with the thought that things would be easy. Mawela explained that it was until players witnessed Zambia play earlier on the day which resulted to them losing concentration due to panic.

Day three of the qualifiers brought more misery to Botswana when they lost against a formidable South Africa.

Against South Africa, Botswana struggled in all departments. South Africa had it easy and Botswana's defence was exposed by the SA goal shooter who scored almost all the goal opportunities she had.

While Botswana's defence was struggling to contain the attacks, their goal scorers were wasteful.

However, senior coach, Setshedi Botlhole-Mmopi was of the belief that her side did a good job because they managed to execute instructions during yesterday's encounter.

"We did not win but I am happy with today's performance because we played much better than our match against Zambia," she said.

Furthermore, she said they headed into the game with a strategy to make their players play according to the instructions.

She said they knew that SA was a tough side, and they had an edge over her players with match fitness since SA just came from World university games.

However, Botlhole-Mmopi said the loss did not hurt them much because they were trying to build a team that would compete in the 2017 world cup.

Meanwhile Zambia lost against Zimbabwe with 24-46, Uganda beat Namibia 47-26 goals and Lesotho woes continued as they lost their third game which SA won 89-4.

Source: Botswana Daily News.

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