Saturday, August 13, 2022

Tshosane’s final plea to Batswana

Despite the fact that all odds are against him, Tshosane continues as if all was well in his corner. The staunch Zion Christian Church member has continued to put his faith in the Almighty God as he believes that he is the master of everything.

The criticism has not made Tshosane lose his focus ahead of the make-or-break final Group A clash against neighbouring South Africa at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on September 7. In a fortnight, Tshosane might be sitting on the Zebras’ dug-out for the last time but he may leave with his head up. If his side does the unthinkable and beats Bafana Bafana in their own backyard and CAR beat Ethiopia in another Group A match, the Zebras will proceed to the third phase of World Cup qualifiers.

As he prepares to lead his troops to the Durban coast, Tshosane is without doubt that his side can beat the odds and outclass South Africa in their own territory. The former army man has told this publication that for his side to come out of Durban tops, Batswana will have to throng to the Kwazulu Natal Province in large numbers. “It is time for us as Batswana put our differences aside for at least 90 minutes and rally behind the Zebras. I would like to appeal to Batswana to travel to Durban in large numbers as that would help us to go for a killer. Who knows, we might be able to qualify for the third round,” said a seemingly confident Tshosane.

After failing to get an international friendly game during the Fifa week on October 14, BFA has lined-up two games against Uganda (August 31) and Malawi (September 3) as part of preparations for the South African game.

“The games would be able to prepare us well but my worry is that we’ll play three games in 10 days. But I think by the time we take on South Africa we’ll be ready for them. We’ve managed to study South Africa in their recent friendlies because I want to believe that their focus was on us,” he said.

When the Zebras travel to South Africa, Tshosane will bank his hopes on 10 foreign-based players to swing the game in his favour. Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele, Kabelo Dambe (both Platinum Stars, SA), Ofentse Nato (Mpumalanga Black Aces, SA), Joel Mogorosi (Bloemfontein Celtic, SA), Ntesang Simanyana, Galabgwe Moyana, Kekaetswe Moloi (all Polokwane City, SA) and Don Bosco’s Jerome Ramatlhakwana, Phenyo Mongala and Dirang Moloi are the men who are expected to lead the Zebras’ ship.

“I’ve put a programme in place for the DRC-based players to follow until we report for camp. I must say that I have been impressed by what I’ve seen,” said Tshosane.

The Zebras report for camp today and Tshosane is hoping that all the players who have been called report in time.

Last week, Gaborone United wrote to the BFA secretariat saying that they will not release their players for Zebras camp saying that they will only do so in the build-up to the South African game.
GU argued that their players had missed most part of the pre-season at the club due to the Cosafa Senior Challenge and CHAN qualifiers.

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