The 2018 World Cup second round qualifier between Botswana’s Zebras and Mali’s Eagles will feature the two countries’ cream, who are almost household names in their respective countries of birth.
BOPA reporter, Lucky Doctor ,looks at some of the key players to watch in this mouthwatering encounter billed for the new Francistown Sports Complex tomorrow (November 14) at 4pm.
Kabelo Dambe (Goalkeeper) – The 25 year-old Township Rollers goalkeeper is likely to start the Saturday game having been on fine form recently for his club. He possesses lot of experience having gone through all the Zebras ranks and played professional football at ABSA Premiership club Platinum Stars in South Africa.
Segolame Boy (Attacking midfielder) – The Township Rollers Midfielder has been on fine form recently for his club scoring crucial goals to ensure Rollers remain unbeaten this season. He might start the game on Saturday to launch the Peter Butler intended offensives.
Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele (Attacking midfielder) – The 25 year-old plays for the super-rich ABSA Premiership side Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa as a Midfielder. Tsotso will definitely be on the line up on Saturday. His skills in finding the back of the net will come in handy for Butler’s boys.
Ofentse ‘Size 10’ Nato (Defensive Midfielder) – The 26 year-old Nato is always a formidable force for the senior national team’s midfield. His experience playing for Atletico De Kolkata in the India Premier League will come in handy for the Zebras.
Hendrick Moyo (Striker) – The 27 year-old Gaborone United player has always been very outstanding for the Zebras, even though he is always struggling to find the back of the net, missing scoring opportunities. He is a play maker who is fast going forward on attack.
Oumar Sissoko (Goalkeeper) – The 28 year-old plies his trade in the Unites States for US Orleans and is expected to man the posts on Saturday.
Adama Tamboura (Defender) – The 30 year-old will be in the heart of the defence to thwart all attacks by the Zebras speedy wingers and strikers. He plies his trade in Denmark for Hobro and is rated as one of the best left backs in the continent.
Samba Sow (Defensive Midfielder) – This defensive midfielder is 26 years of age and plays for Kayserispor in Turkey and will prove to be a handful for the local side.
Cheick Fanta Mady Diarra (Centre forward) – The 24 year-old striker for AJ Auxerre in France will be leading the Eagles attack and is expected to cause havoc with his prowess.
Bakary Sako (Midfielder) – The 26 year-old plays for Crystal Palace in England and has previously won 16 caps for his country and has scored eight goals in that time. He is the only English-based player in the squad.