Limping Zebras stalk Tunisia

With a limp: The Zebras will look to bounce back against Tunisia PIC: BFA FB PAGE
With a limp: The Zebras will look to bounce back against Tunisia PIC: BFA FB PAGE

FRANCISTOWN: Fresh from a narrow defeat against Libya, the Zebras will now turn their attention to a home clash against powerhouse Tunisia in their second game of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The match will be played on Sunday at the Obed Itani Chilume Sports Complex. Mogomotsi ‘Teenage’ Mpote is aware that a loss against the visitors will dent the Zebras’ chances of qualifying for the AFCON finals for the second time in their history. Tunisia were due to play Equatorial Guinea at home before heading to Botswana yesterday (Thursday). The Zebras impressed in their opening Group J clash in Benghazi, but they were unlucky to lose the encounter by a controversial goal.

They could have at least earned a draw in an encounter they fairly dominated. Mpote will inevitably expect his charges to carry on from where they left against Libya. The Carthage Eagles should expect an intriguing encounter against the Zebras. The Zebras have often posited good performances at Obed Itani Chilume. Zebras will count on the likes of Tumisang Orebonye, Mothusi Cooper, and Kabelo Seakanyeng who ply their trade in Morocco. The three players are familiar with the playing style of the Tunisians as it resembles that of Moroccan teams. Seakanyeng and Orebonye have also hit good form at their club Olympique Club de Khouribga something that might benefit the Zebras. On the other hand, the visitors will likely rely heavily on their 31-year-old winger Youssef Msakni. He has been the team’s star player in the last decade. Mpote might draw solace from the fact that at one point the Zebras defied the odds to defeat Tunisia.

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