Botswana’s senior national team Zebras need to win their next two encounters against African minnows Comoros if they harbor any ambitions of making it to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Botswana has already won one match and lost the other in the two matches they have played.
Playing Comoros presents the Zebras with a chance to brighten their chances because they still have two tricky home and away encounters against both Uganda and Burkina Faso. Collecting maximum points against Comoros would put Zebras on the safe side especially in their last two matches.
The Zebras will play the first leg against the Islanders next week on Thursday 24th in Moroni, Comoros. Three days later they will be in Francistown for the return leg. However Comoros have proven that they are no pushovers despite losing their two matches against both Uganda and Burkina Faso. The islanders lost both matches narrowly and that is a strong message for the Zebras to tread with care. Also, during the last qualification for the 2018 World Cup, the Comoros made one of the African giants sweat at home and managed to hold them to a goalless draw despite the hordes of they brought. If Botswana fails to beat the islanders, they may have to forget about qualifying because their matches against Burkina Faso and Uganda will not be easy. Uganda are currently the on form team on the African continent and are very confident of making it to 2017 after failing to do so in the past.
What was painful for the Cranes of Uganda was the fact that they normally failed to qualify on the last day. This time they look rejuvenated and this can be proven by the fact that they managed to convincingly knock out one of African power houses, Togo form the World Cup qualifiers and they won both at home and away. It will also not be easy for Botswana to get positive results from the Stallions of Burkina Faso because they are desperate for points and don’t want to suffer the embarrassment of not making it to Afcon. Burkina Faso also has many of their football stars playing in major leagues around the world and will fight to the dead end to qualify. Already, the Zebras have started their preparations for the Comoros encounter on a negative note. The team might head for the encounter without having played any friendly match. This has reported to have not gone down well with the Zebras technical team.