Botswana national soccer team coach Peter Battler has called into camp a 29 men squad in preparation for the two upcoming international games. The Zebras will be participating in the AFCON qualifier and CHAN Championship respectively.
The team will take on ‘The Cranes’ of Uganda away from home in the 1st leg of the AFCON qualifiers on June 13, 2015. The team, which went into camp on Thursday, is also in preparing for the CHAN Championships against Lesotho in two weeks’ time.
The coach has called into camp a team consisting of five goalkeepers, nine defenders, 11 midfielders and four strikers. Gaborone United on-form goalkeeper Goitseone Phoko has made the call together with Township Rollers’ young goal stopper Keeagile Kgosipula.
According to Butler, the inclusion of the young goalkeepers is a way of trying to keep them motivated by calling them to camp. He argued that their call up will encourage them to keep working hard to break into the starting eleven. The coach said their talents need to be acknowledged.
The final list of the squad that will travel to Uganda is expected to be released by Monday. Butler has to select a total of 21 players that he will take with to Uganda as well as face Lesotho in a fortnight. This may be the time for the national team to redeem its pride after a disappointing spell at the just ended COSAFA Cup in South Africa. Local football lovers seem to be slowly losing hope on both the coach and the team as they have not produced any interesting results in a while.
Kaone Van Der Westhuizen