BOTSWANA, one of Zimbabwe’s opponents in the forthcoming African Cup of Nations football qualifiers, are not leaving anything to chance as they have called-up some of their best foreign-based players ahead of these crucial ties set for next week.
According to reports from Gaborone, Botswana’s Morocco-based duo of Kabelo Seakanyeng and Tumisang Orebonye are set to join the national team ahead of the crucial Afcon qualifiers later this month.
Reports say Zebras coach Adel Amrouche will be a happy man with the Olympique Club De Khourigba pair in top form in the Botola 2 league.
Zambia-based Mothusi Cooper of Lusaka Dynamos is another key player set to join the Zebras’ camp as they prepare to face Zimbabwe and Algeria at the end of the month.
Seakanyeng and Orebonye are expected to join the national team camp on Thursday.
Zimbabwe on the other hand will be going into battle without most of its European foreign based players who cannot join the team due to Covid-19 restrictions.
English Premiership side Aston Villa have barred midfielder Marvelous Nakamba from coming home for the two qualifiers.
Other players based in England who have been affected by the regulations include Jordan Zemura (Bournemouth), Brendan Galloway (Luton) and Admiral Muskwe (Wycombe).
Botswana’s Zebras are gunning to play a must win game against Zimbabwe.
The Belgian is also expecting the South Africa-based duo of Mogakolodi Ngele, who turns out for TTM, and SuperSport United defender Thatayaone Ditlhokwe to strengthen his resolve for a spot at next year’s Afcon finals.
The Zebras host the Warriors on March 25 at the Francistown Stadium before visiting The Desert Foxes of Algeria four days later.
Algeria is already through to the finals, but the other spot is still up for grabs with Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe in contention.
Zimbabwe’s Warriors is second with five points, a point ahead of the Zebras while Zambia’s Copper Bullets anchoring the table with three points.
– Sports Reporter/Panafricanfootball.com
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