Gaborone, Botswana — The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President Maclean Letshwiti on Saturday paid a courtesy call on national team players, The Zebras ahead of their crucial 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Algeria this month. Letshwiti visited and had lunch with the Zebras this past Saturday at Regent Hotel and used the opportunity to give the boys a pep-talk as well as confer his unwavering support as they prepare to face Zimbabwe this Thursday (March 25th) at the Francistown stadium and Algeria on March 29th.
Letshwiti encouraged the team to give the two pending games their all and make the nation proud. The BFA president likened his recent CAF triumph to the situation the Zebras are faced with now, citing many pundits had written off his campaign but nonetheless he won, and judging by lack of league action from the players due to covid-19, they too can succeed and pacify the gloomy mood of the nation.
“You’re the diamonds of this country and we want you to shine bright; as players you must know that you are two matches away from becoming historians. It will be your name embedded on Batswana’s hearts as the second generation to qualify for AFCON finals. We can do so when we collectively play for the team with determination, eager and passion. The BFA is fully behind you and we wish you well,” said Letshwiti.
As players, yours is in the field of play and leave the boardroom debates to the administrators. We have an obligation with the coach to see many of you secure international contracts and this is possible with a good showing in the national colors. So, for today I wanted to come here, interact with you, so we eat together as a team,” said Letshwiti.
For his part when welcoming the Botswana FA president, team captain, Kabelo Dambe promised the president that his troops are fully charged and ready to fight for the badge of honour adding that they have all the arsenal they need to beat their opponents.
“On behalf of the players, we also want to congratulate you on your CAF executive committee appointment. We promise to win our next game to continue all the celebrations for Botswana. We are honored to see you here in camp and having lunch with us. The preparations have been going well and the boys have adjusted to the training methods and they are ready to fight for Botswana’s glory,” said Dambe to the thunderous applause from the players.
The Zebras assistant coach, Letang Kgwengwenyane expressed the same sentiments by his captain. He noted that they are still expecting other international players to join the team adding that the squad is ready to play and win.
“This is the squad we have, although we are expecting other players, any player selected here will be ready, we are injury free and players are all determined to win,” said Kgwengwenyane.