ZEBRAS READY FOR BAFANA
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
Botswana coach Stanley Tshosane believes that seven players that play in the South African league will assist his side to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
The Zebras lock horns with Bafana Bafana in a crucial round-robin section of Group A African qualifying at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday at 15h30.
Midfield kingpin Mogakolodi Ngele was Platinum Stars’ top scorer in a highly successful campaign last season and may be a thorn to Bafana’s defence. Goalkeeper Kabelo Dembe is Ngele’s team-mate at Stars.
Mogogi Gabonamong has featured prominently in the midfield for SuperSport United. Joel Mogorosi is a potent goal-scorer with Bloemfontein Celtics. University of Pretoria’s Depsey Selolwane has been a regular player for Zebras, while Bidvest Wits’s Ofentse Nato shows determination in the midfield.
At the Press Conference on Thursday morning, Thsosane said that they need to approach the game positively.
“We have brought a physically and mentally strong team. We respect South Africa but I believe we are equally prepared,” he said.
Mathematically, Botswana could still qualify if they defeat Bafana by a huge margin and hope that Central African Republic drowns Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is leading Group A with 10 points, just two points ahead of the second-placed South Africa. Botswana is third with seven points while CAR is out of contention with three points.
Both Tshosane and skipper Mompati Thuma were cagey to reveal more information, saying all will be seen on Saturday.
“It will be a tough game as Bafana are playing at home. The team that will make mistakes will be punished,” Thuma said.
Even though two previous games Bafana played at Mabhida did not produce positive results, eThekwini Mayor Councillor James Nxumalo is optimistic that Bafana will walk victorious after the game. He also urged the public to purchase tickets on time.
Tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite stores countrywide with a value of R50 and R100.
So far, 20 000 tickets have been sold.