Botswana assistant coach blames lack of mental strength

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Botswana national football team assistant coach Dr Carolin Braun insists that the side lacked mental strength following their 1-0 defeat at the expense of Zimbabwe in the Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers clash on Thursday.

The Warriors extinguished the Zebras’ hopes of qualifying for the 2021 Afcon competition due to be held in Cameroon next year.

Speaking after the game, Dr Braun admitted that the defeat was not something they had expected, but hopes Botswana will come back as a better team in their next game despite failing to make it to the Afcon tournament.

Botswana currently sit third in Group H with four points after five games. However, Algeria and Zimbabwe have already booked their Afcon tickets from the very same group.

“Not the result we wanted. In crucial games like this one you need to have mental strength,” said Dr Braun in a post-match interview.

“It’s been a year without football and of course we were in camp for close to four weeks. We had some of the players that we had wanted to field but we couldn’t get them.

“We carried on with the players we could only pick because every player can play whenever called to come to play. We will take tonight’s defeat and plan for the next game, including our future prospects.”

Botswana will travel to North Africa to lock horns with Algeria in their last group stages game on Monday, 29 March at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker Stadium.

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By FARPost Reporter

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