Botswana women’s senior national team mentor Gaolethoo Nkutlwisang has reacted to the recent 2022 Total African Women’s Cup of Nations (Awcon) Qualifiers draw held at the Caf headquarters in Cairo on Monday.
Nkutlwisang says it would be a dream come true for her side to qualify for the Awcon slated for Morocco next year.
Botswana will battle it out with Angola in the first round of the qualifiers.
“I’m living this dream like any other Motswana who wants to qualify to the Awcon. We will work very hard to achieve this dream and qualify for Awcon,” Nkutlwisang said.
“It’s a tough draw and we have started our preparations with a friendly and prolonged camp. Our teams are not active thus we have given our players programs and training schedules to push their fitness levels. We have to start immediately, and our technical team is advancing its preparations.”
The highly confident Botswana coach further said that it won’t be a walk in a park for the Angolan side as they know very well what is at stake.
It’s only four matches standing between Botswana and the historic Awcon qualification berth.
“If we made this dream come true then it will be a big achievement for our country Botswana and it will help local football to advance up the world rankings,” she added.
“I’m confident of our chances and the spirit of the players, who played well against South Africa’s Banyana Banyana despite the 2-0 friendly loss at the Wits Stadium in Johannesburg last month.
“We had many chances in that game and this will give us a good motivation and the players know their responsibilities well.”
Nkutlwisang divulges that they have seen their opponents’ style of play in their recent friendly matches, but worried about her opponents’ intense physicality.
“We have seen them in action against Namibia recently, they are well-built, but they also have their weaknesses. My players will play the game of their lifetime,” reveals the head coach.
The winner of the first round of the two-legged encounters in June 2021 will face either Zimbabwe or Eswatini in the second round set to take place in October 2021.
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By FARPost Reporter