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Their Generation Must Step Up – Mpote

Zebras caretaker coach Mogomotsi Mpote says the class of 2013 under 17 players who qualified for the age group African championships almost 6 years ago are ready to take on the responsibility of the National team, Mpote says the selection he made was guided by the development policy of the Association and how this group of players has progressed has made him believe if their given a chance to develop further they can deliver results.

The Former Township Rollers coach said he was excited to coach a group that has a chance to bring back the glory and hoping that they can be kept together and in turn qualify for Afcon in 2021.

Botswana will face Angola on Friday 22nd March 2019 at the Francistown sports complex even though the campaign is all but done as Botswana cannot qualify, the coach said he was selecting a team that has to compete in the upcoming CHAN qualifications. This game will be a preparation for that. Mpote believes the boys want to prove a point to Angola who the Zebras can face if they eliminate Seychelles in the first round of the Chan qualifying games.

The 23-man selected squad will report to camp on Sunday 17th March prepare for the clash against Angola in Francistown. Below are the 23 men



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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