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Zebras readies for Uganda

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 24 May 2016   |   By Staff Writer
Zebras readies for Uganda

With the AFCON 2017 qualifier game between Botswana and Uganda looming the Zebras are currently on camp to finalise preparations.  Peter Butler’s charges will this weekend take on Malawi to hone their skills. The team goes into this game with a morale boast following their hard fought 2-1 win over Lesotho over the weekend. Coach Butler was very impressed by the team’s fighting spirit after it came behind to win the game. The Saturday game takes place at the Francistown stadium. Butler will use the match to determine which team will take on Uganda on June 4, 2016 at the same venue. Botswana will be looking to keep their chances of playing at the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon alive by beating Uganda. Zebras lost 1-2 away to Uganda in the first round and will want to turn table around. Only the top team in the group will qualify for the next round and Zebras have a mammoth task to attain this. The team lies third in Group D will six points behind Uganda and Burkina Faso which are tied at seven points.  To qualify, the Zebras will have to beat all top placed teams. Botswana Football Association (BFA) president Tebogo Sebego said the friendly games will provide the coach with a chance to get the players to up to speed before the qualifiers. Sebego is confident that the team will do well to qualify. He concurred with BFA Chief Executive Officer Kitso Kemoeng who said they take both teams seriously, and are doing their best to have the Zebras prepared for the task at hand. If Botswana beat both Uganda and Burkina Faso it will collect maximum of 12 points with the two only managing to get 10 points.