Botswana national football team

Botswana national football team

Infobox National football team
Name = Botswana
Badge = Botswana FA.png Association = Botswana Football Association
FIFA Trigramme = BOT
FIFA Rank = 115
FIFA max = 95
FIFA max date = September 2007
FIFA min = 165
FIFA min date = November 1999

Elo Rank = T117
Nickname = The Zebras | [DIPITSE] Association = Botswana Football Association
Confederation = CAF (Africa)
Coach = Stanley Tshosane
Most caps =
Top scorer =
Home Stadium = Botswana National Stadium


First game = Flagicon|Malawi Malawi 8 - 1 Botswana Flagicon|Botswana (Malawi; July 13, 1968)
Largest win = Flagicon|Botswana Botswana 6 - 2 Swaziland Flagicon|Swaziland (Gaborone, Botswana; March 2, 2002) ] )
flagicon|Zambia Zambia 6 - 0 fb-rt|Botswana
Zambia; 15 February, 1986)
| Largest loss = Flagicon|Malawi Malawi 8 - 1 Botswana Flagicon|Botswana (Malawi; July 13, 1968)
Flagicon|Botswana Botswana 0 - 7 Zimbabwe Flagicon|Zimbabwe (Gaborone, Botswana; August 26, 1990)
flagicon|Zambia Zambia 6 - 0 fb-rt|Botswana
Zambia; 15 February, 1986)

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Regional name = African Nations Cup
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The Botswana national football team, nicknamed "The Zebras", or EZIMBIZI is the national team of Botswana and is controlled by the Botswana Football Association. They have never qualified for the finals of the World Cup nor the African Nations Cup.


Even though Botswana have thrice entered the FIFA World Cup preliminary stages, it took them nearly 11 years after playing their first match to register their first victory, a 4-1 victory in the African pre-preliminary qualifying rounds for Germany 2006 against Lesotho.

The southern African nation took part in their first preliminary competition for the 1994 finals in the USA, where they faced Niger and Cote d'Ivoire. They managed a 0-0 draw with the latter in Gaborone but lost their other three matches, finishing last in their group.

The next competition they entered was for Korea/Japan 2002, where they faced Zambia in a two-legged tie to decide which team would advance to the group stages. Zambia won both matches to qualify, while Botswana were knocked out.

Recently Botswana had some poor results with the team losing 3-0 to Zambia and losing to second string sides from South Africa and Zimbabwe at home in Gabarone. This led to some supporters getting frustrated. In the first match in the world cup 2008 and African cup of nations 2008 qualifiers Botswana drew at home with a Madagascar side who are ranked 146th in the world. This led to the Botswana fa sacking manager Colwyn Rowe despite him being the man to lead Botswana to their highest ever ranking of 95th. They claimed this was because they feared for his safety from angry fans. Stanley Tshosane was named as his replacement and in his first game in charge Botswana achieved an impressive 2-1 win away to Mozambique to put them in a relatively srong position in their qualifying group. Then on their next fixture they took everyone by surprise by holding Ivory Coast to a one all draw.

World Cup record

*1930 to 1990 - "Did not enter"
*1994 - "Did not qualify"
*1998 - "Did not enter"
*2002 to 2006 - "Did not qualify"

African Nations Cup record

*1957 to 1992 - "Did not enter"
*1994 to 2008 - "Did not qualify"

Former Managers

*flagicon|SCO Peter Cormack (1986-87)

Notable players

*Tshepiso Molwantwa
*Dipsy Selolwane
*Mogogi Gabonamong
*Modiri Marumo
*Moemedi Moatlhaping
*Dirang Moloi
*Pontsho Moloi
*Ernest Amos
*Ndiapo Letsholathebe
*Tshepo Motlhabankwe
*Michael Mogaladi
*Nelson Gabolwelwe

Current squad

The following players were called for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification against Ivory Coast on June 22 2008.

External links

* [ National Football Teams]

2005 TO DATE(ZEBRAS MANAGER)Brighton colwyn Rowe

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