NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 28 – Botswana’s national team trained at the Nyayo National Stadium on Tuesday evening, the venue for Wednesday’s crucial Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Starlets.
The two teams will clash in the first leg of the final round of qualification, with the aggregate winner of the competition set to qualify for the final tournament in Morocco next year.
Head coach Alex Malete says the team is ready for the duel and he expects a tougher assignment compared to their second round conquest over Gabon.
“Games are different. Gabon is not Kenya and also Botswana is not Cameroon. Even for the Kenyan technical team, they will approach the game differently. That is the same for us, we will adapt to what the game demands,” the coach said.
Sadilame Bosija, the team captain, also says the team is determined to get a ticket to the WAFCON.
Mean a lot for Botswana
“It would mean a lot for us if we got a chance to play at the WAFCON. It gives us an opportunity to showcase our talents. We are prepared well and ready for the match against Kenya,” said the skipper.
Botswana progressed to the final qualification round after beating Gabon in the second round. Just like Kenya, they are also seeking a second ever qualification to the Continental tournament.
The team promises to be a tough nut to crack, and they boast of the top scorer in the just concluded CAF Women’s Champions League, Thefilwe Tholakele. The striker scored five goals for Mamelodi Sundowns as they clinched the title in Ivory Coast.