Botswana international credits Adel Amrouche for career strides

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Morocco-based Botswana attacker Kabelo Seakanyeng is convinced the future is bright for the Zebras under Adel Amrouche.

Seakanyeng is settling in well in Botola 2 after netting four goals since joining Olympique Khouribga in November, a move orchestrated by the Belgian-Algerian coach. He is currently top scorer in the second tier.

The man popularly known as ‘Skhebo’ says the national team coach is pushing Botswana players to seek moves outside the country to enhance their chances in future.

So far, three players have moved to North Africa since Amrouche took over with Simisani Mathumo and Tumisang Orebonye also heading to the former Botola 1 side Khouribga.

“We’re improving quite a lot under him, I wish he had come in earlier, the guy is too ambitious. He cares a lot about his players. All he wants is to see the players go and play outside the country,” Seakanyeng told FARPost in a telephonic interview from his Morocco base.

“Imagine if he has the whole national team playing outside the country, it will be easier. He loves to win. We do not concede goals like we used to. We’re playing quite well. We will get there.”

It is even worse now that the Botswana League has been inactive since last year February due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It remains unclear when it will return.

The former Chippa United winger believes playing in professional leagues affords players good exposure and has them improving their game.

His fellow national team midfielder Mothusi Cooper also joined Lusaka Dynamos earlier this month while Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, another player whose move was facilitated by Amrouche, is also making steady progress at South Africa’s SuperSport United.

Botswana play Zimbabwe and Algeria next month in their remaining two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. They are in third place in Group H, just a point behind Zimbabwe, who they held in Harare.

They host the Warriors in Francistown on 22 March before visiting Algeria, who have already qualified, a week later.

Seakanyeng is confident they will qualify for the continental soccer showpiece.

“I believe we can qualify. The coach has been in touch with us, he motivates us and tells us how to take care of ourselves. He really wants to win. He needs this more than the players. I was actually talking to him,” he said.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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