Botswana Football Association (BFA) Technical director Benny Kgomela is confident that the Zebras will qualify for the Gabon 2017 African Cup of Nations, following the AFCON qualifiers draw that pitted them in Group D against Uganda, Burkina Faso and Comoros Islands.
Kgomela said on Wednesday that the Zebras are in a fair group as compared to the past two editions.
“This group is a good one for us and I am confident we will go all the way to Gabon,” said Kgomela. He pointed out that the Zebras have been in tougher groups than this one and managed to do very well.
In 2011 the Zebras managed to defy all odds by qualifying for AFCON finals for the first time in history while playing against Togo, Chad and Tunisia. Kgomela said they still have to meet with the coach and discuss the qualifiers’ strategy for 2017. The winner in each group will qualify along with the two best second placed finishers.
However, even though football analysts see better chances for the team to progress all the way to the next round they still feel it will not be easy. Mmoni Segopolo pointed out that Burkina Faso and Uganda are both good teams but with proper preparations the Zebras will qualify. “We played both of them before and they are good but good preparations worked for us in the past,” he said.
According to Segopolo, the current players in the squad are good and only need more game time to gain experience. He feels that if this is done right the team will qualify to go to Gabon. The he pointed that the upcoming COSAFA and CHAN games will also boost the team provided they are not knocked out in the first rounds.