The senior national soccer team The Zebras arrived in Francistown on Monday ahead of Saturday’s clash game with Burkina Faso in the 2017 AFCON qualifiers. The Zebras are camping in the second capital city where they will host Burkina Faso at the new stadium.
Zebras’ team manager Sakaeyo Jane has told Patriot Sport that everything is in order and the team is ready to take on Burkina Faso. Jane said there is nothing that is of worry as every logistical preparation has been well executed.
“I can tell you that there is nothing that the players are worried of as everything has been taken care of very well,” said Jane. He pointed out that even the mood in the camp is a joyful one as the players are putting on the final touches to their preparations.
The team had its first training session in Francistown this morning with all the players present in camp. Jane said all the 25 man squad made it to the camp. “We have all the players that we wanted for this match as the three players based outside the country joined the others yesterday,” he explained. The three are - Ofentse Nato, Omaatla Kebatho and Mogakolodi Ngele.
Coach Peter Butler has assembled a strong 25 man squad to fight for qualifying for the second African Cup of Nations tournament. Butler’s team has already suffered one defeat to Burundi. The team will be looking to collect its first maximum points of the 2017 AFCON qualifiers. The Burkina Faso game is expected to be a tough one for Zebras looking at the great experience and quality players the visitors have.
However, Jane believes that the team is ready for the challenge. He said this is shown by the high competition experienced between the players themselves. According to him, there is high competition for the first team as all positions have two or more contenders. “This is boosting the competitiveness of the team as a whole ahead of Burkina Faso clash,” Jane said.
There are no reported injuries as all players are said to be in a good condition. However, the team will be without Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ Lemponye Tshireletso who is said to be sick.
Mwampule Masule, Goitseone Phoko, Kabelo Dambe
Mosha Gaolaolwe, Katlego Koobake, Gaopatwe Seosenyeng, Tebogo Sosome, Boitumelo Mafoko, Tapiwa Gadibolae, Obonye Moswate, Gogontle Marumo
Ofentse Nato, Kabelo Seakanyeng, Lebogang Ditsele, Mpho Kgaswane, Onkabetse Makgantai, Olebogeng Malebye, Letlhogonolo Senwelo, Mogakolodi Ngele, Segolame Boy, Joel Mogorosi, Galabgwe Moyana.
Hendrick Moyo, Phenyo Molefe, Omaatla Kebatho