Wednesday, August 10, 2022

BFA not taking chances ahead of Zebras match …advance party to leave for Chad

Botswana is to send an advance party to Chad this coming week to sort out all the logistics involved well in advance of the Zebras match that is set to be played in two and half weeks.
Information reaching Sunday Standard is that Botswana is even negotiating with some neighbouring countries to house the team if conditions in Chad are not condusive.

The Botswana Football Association is not taking any chances ahead of this Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) crucial match qualifier against Chad.

The match might re-write the history of Botswana football provided the Zebras win to guarantee themselves a maiden appearance at the 2012 AFCON.

Botswana had previously made arrangements with Libya but the recent political chaos in that country messed up everything.

The government of Botswana has even cut diplomatic ties with Libya, something that forced the BFA to look for another alternative.

The Technical Director of the BFA, Sonnyboy Sethibe, will be part of the advance party but did not shed more light.

On Friday, he told the Sunday Standard that they were still sorting out all travelling arrangements to Chad.

“Travelling to Chad is not easy at all because of the logistics involved so we are still sorting that out and then we will immediately leave,” he said.

Zebras coach Stanley Tshosane told Sunday Standard that the match is important and needs extra attention. He added that the chaos in Libya greatly disturbed their plan but said all is not lost.
“All along, we had planned for the Chad match because it is undoubtedly important. The BFA is set to visit Chad very soon and if all is well we will just stay in that country,” he said.

Tshosane was, however, elated because most South African-based players are getting game time ahead of the Chad match. He said if the players feature prominently, their fitness level will improve.
Some of those players who have of recent been featuring regularly for their teams in South Africa are Dirang Moloi (Vasco Da Gama), Phenyo Mongala (Orlando Pirates) and Boitumelo Mafoko of Cape Town Santos.

Other South African-based players, like Mogogi Gabonamong and Diphetogo Selolwane, have been playing for their teams for years now.

Chad will be playing the match as a formality because, win or lose, it won’t make any difference for them. Even if they win all their three remaining matches, there is no way they can make it to Equatorial Guinea and Gabon for the 2012 AFCON soccer jamboree.

If Botswana wins against Chad, the remaining two matches will be played as formality.
Botswana is in Group K, the same group as Tunisia, Malawi, Chad and Togo, and has shocked the world by defeating the power houses in the group.

By the end of the qualifiers, there might be more shocks when either Tunisia or Togo fails to qualify.


Read this week's paper