The Zebras failed to proceed to the group stages of the FIFA 2018 World cup following their 2-nil defeat by the Eagles of Mali yesterday in Bamako. The defeat means Mali shuttered the dreams of progression for the Zebras by a 3-2 aggregate.
Despite defeating Mail 2-1 in the first leg in Francistown over the weekend, it was always going to be difficult for Zebras to pull the same result in Bamako. The Eagles used their home ground advantage to turn tables around edging for a win.
Even though they were trailing by a goal, the hosts had a valuable away goal which worked for them. Botswana however failed to get an away goal that could have been important for them to force the match to extra time at least.
Even though the team failed to qualify for the next round Botswana Football Association CEO Kitso Kemoeng said he is happy with how they played. Kemoeng said looking at where the team comes from the graph has been going up and they managed to beat Mali in the first round, something that never happened before. “The team has done very well despite the loss. We are happy with the performance and the progress made by the team in recent matches it shows they are going somewhere,” said Kemoeng.
The Zebras reached the second round of the World cup qualifiers after demolishing Eritrea by 5-1 on aggregate. The local lads first went to Eritrea and won 2-0 before sealing it off with a 3-1 scoreline in Francistown.