Mares jet in for AFWCON tie against the Mighty Warriors

By Anashe Murombedzi

BOTSWANA women’s national football team, the Mares, have arrived in the country ahead of their Africa Women Cup of Nations last qualifying round first leg tie against the Mighty Warriors set for the National Sports Stadium on Friday.

The two teams square off at the National Sports Stadium this Friday, with the return leg set for Francistown four days later.

The neighbours will miss out the United States-based Thuto Ramafifi and Mamelodi Sundowns goal keeper Sedilame Boseja due to injury.

The visitors will be led by Zimbabwe’s Inline Academy product skipper Bonang Othagile Gaolethoo.

The AFCON last qualifying round will be a repeat of last year’s COSAFA in October championships when the Mighty Warriors thumped the Mares 3-0 in a group stage match at Nelson Mandela Bay.

Both teams are now in a serious bubble camp after going through all Covid-19 protocols, while training sessions are now closed from the media and the public.

The Mighty Warriors hopes to book a place at the July AFCON in Morocco, will be through a successful hunt on the Mares in the back-to-back matches.

Teams that will reach the semi-finals of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations will book a place at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.