Batswana have been urged to attend the Zebras game against Mauritania on June 10, 2017 in large numbers at the Francistown stadium. Zebras’ campaign to reproduce what the 2012 team did by qualifying for the AFCON tournament starts next weekend when they welcome Mauritania in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers. Peter Butler’s charges will be looking to open up the campaign with a win. Botswana Football Association (BFA) CEO Ookeditse Malesu said Batswana should rally behind the team in large numbers for it to do well. Speaking at a press conference in Francistown recently, he said the supporters are the 12th player that can boost the team’s morale and confidence. He urged Batswana to do what they usually do and fill up the Francistown stadium. The Zebras have always done well at Francistown stadium where Batswana have stood behind the team in large numbers. Malesu called on Batswana to continue with the marvellous support they have shown the team. The Zebras are placed in Group I with Burkina Faso and Angola as well. Burkina Faso is one of the teams that have tasted defeat at the Francistown stadium and Butler’s charges will be looking to reproduce that.
The hype around the Zebras/Mauritania game is already high with the BFA conducting a number of activations for the game. The BFA and the Zebras Supporters Committee have entered a partnership with AT&T Travel Tours to assist the supporters to travel to Francistown. Through the partnership buses will be leaving Gaborone, Mahalapye, Palapye and Serowe to take supporters to Francistown at subsidised prices. From Gaborone one will be paying P150, Mahalapye P100, Palapye P70 and Serowe P90 all prices being return trip tickets. A member of the Zebras Supporters Committee Violet Sekhulumi explained that those interested in the package can only register after purchasing the match ticket. Skhulumi said for Gaborone there will be buses that leave on June 9, 2017 and others on June 10th in the morning. All buses will leave Francistown immediately after the game. “Some people have been complaining that it is expensive to travel to Francistown so we are working to reduce costs for them. This arrangement also will make sure that people buy tickets in times and even get to the game early,” she explained.
Tickets for the game are already on sale across the country. The prices are P80 grand stand and P30 elsewhere. Entertainment is also lined up for the spectators who will make it to the game. BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane said popular disk jockey, DJ Colastrow and popular artist Dr Vom will be mesmerising the crowd at the at the stadium. The two will be the main performers of the day before the game. They will also be accompanied by other local DJs and artists to entertain the supporters. Gates at the stadium will officially open at 10am on the day of the game. The Zebras are currently in Morocco where the team have been undergoing an intensive training camp for the whole week. While in Morocco, Butler will lead his charge against DRC in a friendly game meant to gauge the team’s preparedness ahead of the Mauritania match.