The senior national men’s team has drawn against Bafana Bafana in the 2019 COSAFA Cup tournament that starts 25th May to June 8th in Durban, South Africa.
The two sides will clash in quarter-finals of the tournament, following a draw conducted on Thursday.
Zebras and Bafana have played several times in the COSAFA tournament almost every year since 2016 with the South African counterparts having upper hand in winning stakes.
In the 2016 final, Botswana lost by 3-2 against Bafana, and again in 2017 plate semifinal edition where they lost 0-2.
Despite a good run in the 2018 tournament, the Zebras were again defeated 0-3 by Stuart Baxter’s side.
The Teenage Mpote-coached Zebras, which is dominated by youthful players, will be gunning for the COSAFA glory following their failure to qualify for the AFCON finals set to kick-start next month, June in Egypt.
Local football analyst Jimmy George has said the Zebras’ game against SA provides a good challenge for the team, considering that Bafana are most likely to be a full strength since they will be finalizing their preparations for the AFCON campaign.
“Playing against South Africa is a motivating factor for the players and it is good to remember that players such as Makgantai and Kgaswane made their way to ABSA premier league through a brilliant perfomance put against Bafana in last year’s tournament,” he said.
However, he said it is important to take each game as it comes, saying the team should now focus on the away CHAN preliminary qualification fixture against Seychelles next week
He said the game will be more helpful in preparations of the COSAFA tie.
The Zebras are going to Seychelles with a rich 2-0 score line advantage after the first leg result played in Lobatse two weeks back. The Zebras goals were scored by Thero Setsile and Segolame Boy.
Botswana will face the Antelopes of Angola in the next CHAN zonal round should it advance against Seychelles.
Mpote’s team for Seychelles