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Zebras deserve hero’s welcome – Tsogwane

Acting President Slumber Tsogwane has urged Batswana to stage a hero’s welcome for the senior national team, Zebras after their gallant performance at the ongoing COSAFA Cup tournament held in Durban, South Africa.

Zebras, which fought back to beat neighbouring and hosts, South Africa in their first game, will meet Zambia in the cup final on June 8.

In a game played on June 2, at Princess Magogo Stadium, the Zebras came from behind to level scores against a youthful Bafana Bafana side the majority of whose top players were on camp preparing for AFCON 2019.

After forcing a draw, the Zebras won 5-4 on penalties to book a semifinal spot for the proud blue, black and white outfit.

It was against the backdrop of the gallant fight displayed by the Zebras, that Tsogwane said during a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) event, Batswana should stage a welcome befitting the boys’ display.

He congratulated the team and said the boys deserved a warm welcome back home at the end of the tournament.

Tsogwane uttered the sentiments before the mighty Zebras beat Lesotho 2-1 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on June 5 to pave a way to the COSAFA Cup final.

Against Lesotho, Zebras coach Mogomotsi ‘Teenage’ Mpote deployed a team that looked psyched to bury Likoena from the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

Captain Joel Mogorosi opened the score sheet following a sublime setup from his Rollers teammate, Mothusi Cooper.

Cooper, usually nimble, brought down a high ball with verve and lofted it over the approaching Lesotho keeper to set Mogorosi up for an opener.

Later on, Segolame Boy smashed a long-range grass-cutter to put the Zebras on a driver’s seat.

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Zebras to return home today

The Senior National team the Zebras are set to return home today after their goalless draw on matchday one against Zimbabwe. The Zebras who now focus on a date with the current African Champions Algeria will have little time to rest as they face the Desert Foxes on Monday night at the Gaborone National stadium.

Coach Adel and his charges are expected to land in the country at 1900hrs at the Sir Seretse Khama international Airport. The Zebras opponent Algeria, on the other hand, landed in the capital city on Friday night after play a day earlier than the Zebras on Thursday.

Tickets for the Zebras vs Desert Foxes are still on sale at all Shoprite and Ok furniture stores in the country with Grandstand going at P 30.00, Panda stand going at P20.00 and North and South stands going for P10.00

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