Botswana captain and midfielder Joel Mogorosi
Thursday Nov 13, 2014. 15:29
Botswana's head coach Peter Butler is confident that his side will come to the party when they take on Tunisia in an Africa Nations Cup qualifier at the National Stadium in Gaborone on Friday night.
Kick off is at 7pm.
Bottom-placed Zebras are under no pressure going into the game as their chances of qualifying for next year’s showpiece are at a zero. The Zebras have failed to collect a single point since the campaign kicked off.
“Despite a few problems we’ve encountered in preparations for this game, I think we’re in good shape to face Tunisia. We know what to expect from them because they’re a good side. We’re going to give our best shot,” said Butler after putting his side through their paces this morning.
The Zebras have a few injury concerns going into the game as the Township Rollers’ duo of Leutwetse Tshireletso and Oscar Ncenga have failed to pass fitness tests.
Nico United midfielder Richard Legwaila is also a doubt for the match with a head injury from the midweek cup match.
The Zebras will pin their hopes of ending the qualifiers well on striker Jerome Ramatlhakwana, Mogakolodi Ngele and skipper Joel Mogorosi. Atletico Kolkata midfielder Ofentse Nato has been left out after he allegedly arrived at camp drunk ahead of the game against Egypt last month.
Tunisia arrived in Gaborone with their tails high having beaten their hosts 2-1 in the reverse fixture which was played in Tunis on September 6.
The Carthage Eagles are at the summit of Group G with 10 points and a win in Gaborone would cement their place at the showpiece.
The North African side remains unbeaten having won three matches and drawn one. The Tunisians have named a strong 24-man squad for the tie tomorrow. In another Group G match, second-placed Senegal visit Egypt in Cairo.