Botswana’s national football team, Zebras will hopefully gallop off to glory as they take on Gabon’s Les Panthères – a team decked out with globally acclaimed professional players from all the European established leagues during an international friendly today (Tuesday) in Libreville, Gabon, in western central Africa. The team arrived in Gabon on Sunday morning ahead of their clash with Gabon (today) Tuesday at 1530hrs local time (1630hrs Botswana time).
Zebras are currently ranked 147 in the Coca-Cola FIFA rankings whilst their counterparts are perched on the 92nd position.
However, based on the ranking differences, soccer pundits could claim there is not much of a difference but for individual success, the transfer market of players will confirm this is the biggest game the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has secured for the national team in 2017.
Honours and transfer markets of influential players
Gabon boasts of Germany Bundesliga’s Borrussia Dortmund marksman and Captain Pierre Aubeyemang as well as the English championship of Sunderland FC, Didier N’Dong. Currently, Aubeyemang is ranked the 18th most valued player in the world at 65 million Euros and he is also the 2015 African Player of the Year.
He has won the league in two European countries while his teammate, N’Dong, aged 23 is valued at 10 million Euros. N’Dong has previously won the league in Tunisia with CS Sfaxien.
On the home front, Botswana will pin its hopes in their Platinum Stars marksman, Segolame Boy. The 25-year-old was previously said to have impressed South African Kaizer Chiefs’ scouts courtesy of him being in fine form since the start of the season.
Another Zebras player who will be expected to lead his team to glory is goalkeeper, Kabelo Dambe despite the limited game time at his Township Rollers side. Since the arrival of Nikola Kavazovic at the club, Dambe (27) has not featured but Bright has tipped the former Platinum Stars goalie as his number one.
Mood in Libreville, Gabon
As things stand, Zebras are looking to return to their winning ways after they suffered a shocking defeat to Namibia in their last friendly.
Coach Major Bright will look to replicate the form that saw the Zebras beat Ethiopia 2 nil on Independence Day (September 30th).
The BFA mouthpiece, Tumo Mpatane who has travelled with the team, today confirmed that the squad has arrived safely in Gabon adding that they are truly raring for a triumph.