Brave Warriors to play Botswana in friendly match

Brave warriors will be playing Botswana in a friendly match on invite at Botswana’s 52nd independence celebrations.

NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro confirmed that as part of Botswana’s 52nd Independence Day Celebrations, the Brave Warriors would be crossing over to take on Zebras.

“They have invited us, and we duly accepted the request from our good friends and neighbours to mark such a significant day in their history. Our senior national team will be playing them, and it is something we also dearly need for our team,” Rukoro said.

Mannetti said that he would use the local-based Brave Warriors for the match as they need to have more game-time ahead of back to back ties against Group K leaders Mozambique next month.

“The foreign-based guys won’t make it because it’s not a FIFA date and that gives a chance to the local guys to stake their claims once again. We have players like Dynamo Fredericks, Absalom Iimbondi and Marcel Papama that will surely feature alongside Captain Ronald Ketjijere. We also have Charles Hambira, who came on late against Zambia who needs to play more given that he is still waiting for his papers to play for Baroka FC in South Africa. So we have a good team to take to Botswana, and the goal remains to be ready for Mozambique,” Mannetti said.

The next official game for the Brave Warriors will be away in Mozambique on 13 October, and then they host them in Windhoek on 16th October.

The final home game will be against Bissau between 12th and 20th November before they visit Zambia in March 2019.

The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon from 07th to 20th June next year.