The Zebras were in desperate need of a perfect response when they took on The Stallions in a crucial Group I Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday, but emerged badly de-hooved.
It was the hosts that won the battle of the equus 3-0.
Coach David Bright had targeted four points from Burkina Faso in order to breathe life into a stuttering campaign, which has thus far failed to yield any point, or goal.
Instead it was a star-studded Burkina Faso that grabbed all three points, with the reverse fixture to be played at the Francistown Sports Complex tomorrow evening.
Despondency has been added to pessimism, as the Zebras now need to move mountains in order to qualify for next year’s tournament.
The Zebras are left with three tough assignments, at home to Burkina Faso and Angola, and an away trip to Mauritania.
However, Bright charges’ fate might be sealed as early as tomorrow, as nothing short of a win will keep the Zebras in the hunt.
The Zebras failed to lift a veil of gloom, which surrounded their camp in the build-up to the Burkina Faso trip.
The team had boycotted training on Monday, saw midfielder, Lebogang Ditsele dropped for indiscipline, while key striker, Onkabetse Mankgatai failed to board the plane to Ouagadougou after a passport mishap.
Burkina Faso were not sympathetic, instead, mercilessly
Veteran, Jonathan Pitriopa drilled home an effort, which beat experienced goalkeeper, Kabelo Dambe at the near post.
The Zebras failed to heed the early warning as the hosts remained on the ascendancy, and wrapped all three points by the 63rd minute, as Dambe was again beaten at the near post for the second, from a free-kick through Banou Diawara.
Another brilliant free-kick from Abdou Razack killed the game as a contest, and there was no way back for a lethargic Zebras.
With three matches played, the Zebras sit at the bottom of Group I, after failing to score and remain pointless.
While they are yet to score, the Zebras have leaked five goals, with no immediate signs of parole.This has been one of the worst runs for the Zebras in recent years, as the first ever 2012 AFCON finals appearance is becoming a distant memory.
Zebras starting XI against Stallions:
Kabelo Dambe, Tshepo Maikano, Thero Setsile, Onkabetse Seforo, Simasani Mathumo, Tebogo Sesome, Kabelo Seakanyeng, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Tumisang Orebonye, Keeagile Kobe, Kobamelo Kebaikanye.