Nkutlwisang readies Botswana for Women’s Cup of Nations

The Botswana women’s team are in camp ahead of the CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations that will be staged in Morocco from July 2-23, where they will make their debut on the continental stage.

Coach Gaoletlhoo Nkutlwisang will host a series of camps in the build-up to the finals, with the current one to end on April 15.

“I have called a few more players to create competition, no-one should be comfortable, we all need to work hard to be ready for AWCON,” Nkutlwisang said.

“We need all players knowing the philosophy and what we expect of them, hence why we will have three players to six players in a position. AWCON is not far so we also need to closely observe our fitness.

“We ask Batswana to support the team and let us work for now and ensure we have a team ready for July.”

The Cup of Nations also serves as the qualifiers for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup that will be played in Australia and New Zealand.

The semifinalists in Morocco will qualify automatically, while the next two best teams will have to go through an inter-continental play-off.

Zambia and South Africa will join Botswana as three COSAFA nations head to the 12-team continental finals.