Botswana’s 1-0 win over Zambia on Monday may be dubbed a surprise by some, but for those who know the man behind the Zebras – Adel Amrouche – it’s not a surprising result at all.
Tactically astute and a careful planner, Amrouche guided Botswana to an upset in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group H qualifier match played on Monday evening in Francistown.
A goal from Mosha Gaolaolwe in the first half was enough to get the Zebras their first win of the qualifiers and most importantly, keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the continental showpiece.
It has been a difficult road for South Africa’s neighbours having collected only a point from their first three matches.
But with Amrouche at the wheel, there’s hope.
To put it into perspective, 95% of his team hadn’t played competitively since February. To go on and beat Zambia is certainly no mean achievement, especially after losing the first leg 2-1 against Micho Sredojevic’s men.
Botswana now sit third in the group with four points from four matches, with their next match against second-placed Zimbabwe in March 2021.
Algeria top the group and have already qualified, but beware the Zebras’ kick for that second spot.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa