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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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Diamond Zebras & Young Zebras to play friendly matches

Botswana Junior National Teams under-17 (Diamond Zebras) and the under-20 (Young Zebras) will this weekend of 23rd – 25th August 2019 report to camp. The two teams will play friendly matches against Eswatini U17 & U20 boys on the 24th and 25th August 2019.

The games will be used to give the two teams international match practice. For his part, Diamond Zebras coach Tebogo Mokute says his charges will benefit greatly from the games as they have worked on different approaches and tactics in recent months and he is positive the team understands his vision.

Mokute will lead the Diamond Zebras to the 2019 COSAFA championships to be staged in Malawi from the 25th September to the 5th October 2019. The under-20 team under the tutelage of Raizor Tsatsilebe will find the games important as they have also started preparations for the 2019 COSAFA championship scheduled for December 2019 in Zambia.

Eswatini is expected to arrive in Botswana on Friday evening with games set to be played at Lekidi grounds. On Saturday 1600hrs and 0900hrs kick off on Sunday morning before the boys from the Kingdom of Eswatini return home.

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