Botswana football Association (BFA) has failed to secure the senior national team, the Zebras an international friendly despite numerous attempts to cajole Ethiopia.
The mighty Zebras were set to face off against Ethiopia in a friendly match that was hatched after their scheduled game against Tanzania was called off, but the information reaching this publication is that, the game won’t go ahead as they anticipated. According to Lekidi officials, the game against Tanzania was called off after the country’s football federation invited other countries to play against them during the FIFA window.
The statement released by the federation stated that the game against Botswana was called off due to the country’s agreement with two other countries. Before Botswana could leave, the federation proposed that they play a practice match against Tanzania. This would have been regarded as a 2nd tier match. The decision to call off the game was unpopular among the players. It also meant that Tanzania would not be able to use their best players.
The BFA CEO, Mfolo Mfolo initially revealed that they have already engaged a match agent to arrange a friendly match against Ethiopia. He criticized the way Tanzania handled the situation, stating that they acted in poor faith and disrupted their preparations for the upcoming qualifiers for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Mfolo said that they would redouble their efforts to ensure that they organize friendly matches properly in the future. He noted that their main objective is to have a strong team for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, which would be held in 2027.
It has been revealed that the interim coach, Mogomotsi Mpote, has already started laying the foundations for the future by calling up young and inexperienced players. Sources indicated that the move was carried out to prepare the team for the upcoming qualifying matches for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2027 tournament.
Athletics is one of the sporting activities that for many years has been consistently performing extremely well in international competitions. One of the reasons is the availability of qualified and experienced coaches, who have been working tirelessly on the ground to ensure that they scout talent and develop more athletes.
For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.