Following the senior national soccer team the Zebras’ failure to qualify for the upcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON) attention has now shifted towards the Under-23 team. The team, which has been out of action for some time, is currently in camp and will have an international friendly match against AFCON-bound Burkina Faso in South Africa on Tuesday.
BFA technical director Benny Kgomela has confirmed the match, saying it will be played at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, South Africa. The national U-23 soccer team is the feeder for the senior team and is led by Coach Pio Paul – the senior national team assistant coach.
Burkina Faso will be using the game against The Young Zebras to prepare for the AFCON finals that start on January 17, 2015. Before Botswana, the West African country will play with Swaziland on Saturday. Paul is said to have included a number of national team players in the team to give the young players guidance. The team will leave for South Africa on Monday.
The team has had tough training games against Gaborone United on Thursday, Township rollers on Friday and against Extension Gunners on Saturday.