Botswana in preparation for Morocco clash in U17 World Cup qualifiers

Botswana are busy with preparations for 2020 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier against Morocco, who they will face at home in the first leg on February 28 after beating Zimbabwe without conceding a goal in the previous round legs.

Coach Tapaphiwa Gaebolae has indicated that she has no idea about their opponents, however she is confident she will find a way of eliminating them.

“Not knowing our opponents does not rule us from beating them in our own ground; we would like to do what we did against Zimbabwe. The intention is to finish off the game here. We have called 23 players who will be reporting for a full training camp.” Gadibolae said

“You must know that our team is good and gives us a headache when it comes to selection.”

Botswana had two weekend camps after knocking out their neighbours Zimbabwe. The full camp was also delayed by the involvement of students at school.

Botswana had two practice matches against Lesotho this weekend, which they won 7-2 and drew 2-2.

“We will rectify our mistakes during the week, believe me, all is well in our camp”

Botswana will face Morocco in the first round after eliminating Zimbabwe 7-0 in the preliminary stage, while Morocco humiliated Djibouti 14-0.

Three teams will represent Africa in the World Cup, which will be staged from November 2-21 in India.

Botswana squad

Goalkeepers: Katso Gaorelatlhe, Thobo Monageng, Sihle Mothusi

Defenders: Lorato Motlogelwa, Pearl Sikwane, Loraine Lombala, Keamogetse Maano, Desiree Kenyaditswe, Keitumetse Thomas

Midfielders: Precious Tlhapi, Lone Kgalaeng, Dimpho Sedirwa, Tshiamo Johnson, Christinah Monyatsi, Neo Jautse, Neonyana Jautse, Tlhompho Gabana, Bofelo Rantsho, Lesego Pineng

Strikers: Jessica Modise, Serati Modisenyane, Peggy Manewe, Kewarona Kelaotswe

By Gaone Pearl Kerileng