Zebras triumphant

| September 6, 2015

Nothing could have been more sweeter for Batswana than the Zebras’ win over the Stallions of Burkina Faso in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the new Francistown stadium on Saturday September 5.

Ranked numerous places above the Zebras, the Stallions were on paper a better team but Peter Butler’s charges had different plans for their much fancied visitors. Joel Morogosi’s solitary goal was enough to give the Zebras a first win in their first competitive game in the northern city.

Mogorosi came in as a substitute in the second half replacing Omaatla Kebatho who suffered an injury towards the end of the first stanza. While Mogorosi’s fitness level was doubtful given he had not had enough game time at club level, his 50th minute goal was enough to seal victory for the Zebras.

The Zebras missed numerous opportunities after enjoying ball possession while also terrorising the Stallions’ defence of Yago Steeve Farid and Kone Bakary. Despite maintaining a calm pace in all their departments, the Stallions had little to offer in front of goal. They played as a team eager to win but clumsy in front of goal.

The much fancied duo of Bance Aristide and Pitriopa Jonathan were just a shadow of themselves, forcing coach Gernot Rohr to pull out Bance as the game progressed to full time. On one hand, the Zebras had control of the game but the downside was failure to convert as the likes of Hendrick Moyo and Kabelo Seakanyeng while combining well with Galagwe Moyana, missed golden opportunities.

Nonetheless, they kept on pushing forward the Stallions goal minder Sanou German’a. On the other end of the pitch, the Zebras’ Kabelo Dambe had little to do and would uncharacteristically earn himself a yellow card for time wasting.

Mogorosi said in a post-match interview that initially it was not easy for him but he got a morale booster from the youngsters to push hard to meet the nation’s expectations. Mogorosi acknowledged the numerous chances they missed but appreciated the win as a morale booster for rest of the games.

Butler thanked the Zebras fans noting that despite the cold weather, they came in their numbers to rally behind the team. The support, he said, motivated the players to give their best. Butler said he was confident the team would do well as the competition progresses.

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