Five lessons from Zebras historic victory

On the right path: The Zebras were impressive against Guinea PIC: BFA
On the right path: The Zebras were impressive against Guinea PIC: BFA

The Zebras started their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign on a very sour note losing to Mozambique at the Obed Itani Chilume last week Thursday. Five days later they displayed a flawless performance to down a star-studded Guinea at the same venue. Mmegi Staffer CHAKALISA DUBE picks five key lessons from Tuesday’s gratifying 1-0 victory in what was coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa’s second match

Phoko proves his worth Until Kabelo Dambe was dropped in 2019, the national team has never had an undisputed starter. Goalkeepers Lesenya Malapela (Orapa United), Ezekiel Morake (Ethiopian Coffee), and Goitseone Phoko (Gaborone United) amongst others have failed to establish themselves as regulars in the national team.

Dambe was recently drafted into the national side and straightaway started the opening match of the qualifiers against Mozambique. He would then be dropped in the second match against Guinea owing to an injury and in came Phoko. Phoko was probably the best player for the Zebras against proven players from Guinea. Apart from making crucial saves, Phoko was instrumental in helping the Zebras to build up from the back and organising his defence. His display highlighted maturity and there is no doubt he is slowly proving his worth in the national team and will play a valuable role under coach, Da Rosa, going forward.

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