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The Zebras have a date with destiny

The Zebras have a date with destiny

Yes I am back!!!! Have not been well for a while but no sweat I am back as History beckons for the tiny landlocked country the size of Texas and France with less than 2 million people (no I didn’t come up with that, Wikipedia did)
The 26th of March 2011 is set to be the day all Batswana will never forget!!! The undefeated Zebras face Chad a demoralized team at the bottom of the log a good (or is that bad) 12 points behind Zebras…… Unusually for the Botswana football Association, they have sent scouts to Chad to check the lay of the land. This follows media pressure that nothing be left to chance and insistence that an advance team be sent to ensure our team doesn’t come up with cases of food poisoning as we saw in Malawi…so we will be camping in Ethiopia to avoid funny off field tactics that a lot of teams in Africa employ when facing the southern African opposition (I have a hard time believing that Malawi had a hand in the food poisoning thing but you never know) any way I digress.
The team will be without inform midfield maestro Dirang Moloi but that is hardly a problem given that Zebras coach Stan Tshosane uses him as a substitute most of the time. We should not miss him too much though I would rest better knowing he was with the team… pacey and inform winger cum striker Sekhana Koko is also absent because of work commitments so Chadian Gods are with them.

Despite the absence of these players Botswana should be in a position to continue with their winning streak. It will not be easy. Sure we beat Chad when they came to Gaborone but they matched us and at time outplayed us. We have improved since. The performance against Tunisia showed strength and steel I would never have associated with our national team there were signs of solid team work. Like this year’s Manchester United, Zebras has played badly yet somehow ground out results that mattered. Playing against Sweden recently Botswana matched the European side for power pace and skill though we were caught wanting technically…this by the way was a team short of our South African players……we should shrug Chad aside and make history with the 40 degree conditions in Chad influence the game I believe it will but there should be enough on the bench to see off Chad.
Malawi face Togo in a game they must win to stay in site if qualification. I really do hope and pray they qualify it will be good for Southern African football. They have a hard run in though….Togo and Tunisia as well as the group leaders so I do feel that they need a win over Togo cause they are going to lose in Botswana and drop points against Tunisia. So we will see how it ends up but which ever way ZEBRAS ARE GOING TO THE NATIONS CUP AND IT HAPPENED IN MY LIFETIME!!!!!!

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November 23rd, 2010 | By: kealeboga | Comments Comments(43)

The issue of whether Zebras might get suspended from FIFA activities owing to what political interference has become an issue of national importance and indeed some of our opponents (read sscouser) will be hoping this comes to pass. How real is this fear? Let me explain exactly what is going on. The President of Botswana Seretse Khama Ian Khama introduced ... [read more]


November 19th, 2010 | By: kealeboga | Comments Comments(21)

The FIFA rankings came out just hours before the Zebras -Tunisia game and Zebras moved 12 places up to number 13 in Africa and 67th in the world. This marks the highest ever placing for Botswana and I dare say we are likely to go higher by the time the next rankings come out.
The debate at home has been whether ... [read more]

We were never going to lose!!

November 17th, 2010 | By: kealeboga | Comments Comments(40)

We were never going to lose! Botswana just beat Tunisia 1-0 with a goal from Jerome Ramatlhakwane, (the same guy who sank them in Tunis last time around!!!) Coming just on the brink of half time It was a nervey last 15 minutes as Tunisia made a last ditch rally that put the Zebras under pressure. The experience of the ... [read more]

TUNISIA vs BOTSWANA! It’s crunch time!!!

November 15th, 2010 | By: kealeboga | Comments Comments(47)

And so Tunisia arrived this morning the 15th of November 2010. The Zebras midfield kingpin Dipsy Selolwane also arrived to complete an injury free full strength Botswana side… s I stated in earlier posts, the game is for Botswana to lose as everything looks well in our favor. A lot of local pundits have been saying that a hot afternoon ... [read more]


October 31st, 2010 | By: kealeboga | Comments Comments(59)

Qualifying for its first ever nation’s cup appears to be a reachable goal for a national team that nobody (myself included) gave a chance when the draw was announced. At this point Botswana is in the controlling seat after plans were throw into disarray following the recalling of Togo. Botswana has been imperious in the first round to say the ... [read more]


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