Botswana gear up for South Africa friendly

Botswana coach Gaoletlhoo Nkutlwisang has intensified her squad by calling to camp the experienced trio of Bonang Othagile, Nondi Matlhasela and Masego Montsho ahead of the much anticipated and fierce battle with neighbouring archrivals, Banyana Banyana of South Africa.

The friendly match which opens a calendar and series of camps ahead of the upcoming African Women’s Cup of Nations’ (AWCON) second round will start with an away and friendly encounter in Johannesburg’s Bidvest Wits Stadium on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 against Desiree Ellis’ squad.

The three players were initially left out of ‘The Mares’ camp to allow coach Nkutlwisang to observe other players, mainly Under-20 players whom she wants to integrate in the senior team setup. The coach is confident on what the upcoming youngsters can offer and strongly believes the trio will add the much-needed experience and verve to the camp and her already raring squad.

“The camp has been going very well and I’m happy. Our players continue to work hard to achieve the much-needed fitness levels and balance that with all the technical tactics emanating from the coaches’ department,” said Nkutlwisang adding that, “Our national team is in a transition period and that’s why we have amalgamated the youthful players and the experienced force, respectively. We plan to achieve this before enduring the AWCON qualifiers.

“Generally, the technical team is happy with the progress of the young players, they are full of energy and have the zeal to represent the country and uphold our national pride. Let’s rally behind them.”

Othagile and Montsho reported to camp on Monday while Mathasela joined the team today (Wednesday).

Meanwhile, the team is expected to leave for South Africa this coming Sunday (April 11, 2021) and is expected back home on the 15th of April 2021 (Thursday).

Source: Botswana Football Association