The Zebras will be back again in Francistown for the Eritrea 2018 World Cup qualifiers game on Tuesday 13th October 2015 at 1900hrs.
Botswana Football Association (BFA) CEO Kitso Kemoeng said in a press statement that the decision to take the game was based on the overwhelming response of the Francistown community to the recent match between the Zebras and Burkina Faso. During this game the stadium was fully packed with supporters motivating The Zebras to a narrow 1-nil victory over the visitors.
Francistown Mayor Sylvia Muzila said the Francistown City Council (FCC) has agreed to host the game. Muzila said the councillors unanimously welcomed BFA’s decision to hold the game in Francistown for the second time. She said the game has proven that the people of Francistown have been hungry for such events, hence the massive turn up.
However, the game was met by challenges which were experienced during the day. Some of the issues that BFA CEO noted include security and traffic flow problems. BFA officials led by Kemoeng met with the City council on Friday morning to iron the issues.
Kemoeng is optimistic that they will come up with the solutions.
On the other hand Muzila said the council have agreed to ask for reinforcements from the Botswana Police Service during the game to tackle the security issue. She said for traffic congestion around the stadium they are looking for suitable place for motorists to pack their cars to avoid parking by the main gate which is along the Francistown-Kasane road.
“We want to make sure that this road is free of traffic. So we want to redirect motorists to use other entrances into the stadium than the main gate because it is closer to the Francistown-Kasane road,” she said.
Muzila pointed out that these games are very important to the city of Francistown as they provide some form of recreation. The city is in short supply of recreational facilities and Muzila believes hosting such games will help the community of Francistown to have something to pass time with. She explained that the 1st game’s attendance has proved that the people are hungry for the games.
However, some people are sceptical whether this game will pull the same crowd like the first one as it will be played mid-week. Muzila, however, said since the game is played after working hours, people will have the opportunity to go to the game. “Only people from other places like Gaborone will miss out since they cannot come to the game and go back to work the following day,” said Muzila.
The Zebras enjoyed a massive support in Francistown against Burkina Faso. The team showed its intensions right from the first whistle motivated by the crowd. The massive turnout paid off as the Zebras backed the three points following their 1-nil win.