Following the 3-1 demolishing of Eritrea on Tuesday, the Zebras proceeded to the second round of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The Zebras proceeds to the next stage with 5-1 aggregate win over Eritrea.
Coach Peter Butler’s charges showed their intentions to seal off the visitors in the early minutes of the opening half at the new Francistown Sports Complex. The game which was played before over 15 000 spectators saw the local lads controlling the match most of the game time.
The Zebras showed determination and very improved style of play which got the visitors chasing their shadows most of the time. This was completely different looking Zebras from the one that lost to Ethiopia on Independence Day and the coach praised the players for the performance they put up.
Even though Butler is happy with the result and the play in general he still aired some concerns. The coach said there is still a need to work on the finishing. Eritrea could have been buried with more than 5 goals as the Zebras created many challenges but failed to convert them.
“We created a lot of chances but we were not able to turn them into goals. I believe local coaches need to come together and work on the finishing by our strikers for improved goal scoring,” said Butler. He went on to say he believe that the team is now showing signs of maturity.
Zebras’ 5-1 aggregate win means they will now be taking on ‘The Eagles’ of Mali in a bid to qualify for the group stages. Following yesterday’s performance some believe the Zebras will give Mali a run for their money in the second round of the qualifiers. Should the Zebras defeat Mali in the 2-legged encounter they will proceed to the group stages.