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Setback for Zebras

The Zebras preparations for their maiden appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations in January have suffered a blow after Lesotho and Tanzania pulled out of planned international friendly matches.
By Staff Writer Mon 24 Nov 2014, 21:57 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Setback for Zebras








The team is currently training at the Performance Centre (HPC) in Pretoria, South Africa where they were supposed to meet Lesotho yesterday and Tanzania this weekend.

Botswana Football Association (BFA) chief executive officer, Judge Mookodi has said that though the two friendlies will not take place, the training camp is proceeding smoothly.

"The feedback we get is that the camp is going on well. They will no longer play Lesotho or Tanzania, but they play one friendly with Swaziland on Sunday and they will also have some practice games," Mookodi said.

Besides Swaziland, the Zebras will pit their wits against former Absa Premiership champions, SuperSport United tomorrow. Zebras' coach, Stanley Tshosane expects that at the end of the camp, the players will be at a higher level of fitness.

He said the younger players in the team have impressed. Some of the new boys in the Zebras squad are Gaborone United recruit Bakang Moeng and his Young Zebras team mates Mogakolodi Ngele, Kabelo Dambe and Kaelo Kgaswane.

Township Rollers' skipper Edwin Olerile and Chiefs' midfield kingpin Lesego Galenamotlhale are also part of the team. The Zebras return home on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, striker Jerome Ramatlhakwana has returned to his club, Santos after spending a few days in camp with the Zebras.

His agent, Nicky Paiva said he was on the verge of finalising a deal for the player with a club he did not want to name. Sources say a Major League Soccer (MLS) club in the United States is keen on signing Ramatlhakwana.  

"There is interest in JJ but I don't want to divulge anything to the press at this stage until we finalise with the interested club. But there are developments but for now, I don't want to comment on anything," Paiva said. He explained that if Ramatlhakwana does move to another club, he will have to see-off his contract with Santos.

There have been reports that the player does not want to train with Santos hence his decision to join the Zebras camp. The Botswana marksman is left with a year on his deal with Santos.

"It is not what JJ wants; he is contracted to them so if we do not find another club, he will have to play for them. He has no option but to fulfill his contract," he said.



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