Jwaneng Galaxy forward, Thabang Sesinyi will lead the Zebras’ attack this evening in the opening AFCON 2023 qualifying match against Libya. The Zebras are in Benghazi and will take on the Mediterranean Knights at the Martyrs of February Stadium at a 6pm kick-off time.
Sesinyi recently won the local league's golden boot with 24 goals and is part of a three-man frontline to take on Libya. Zebras’ coach, Mogomotsi ‘Teenage’ Mpote has included a Moroccan based duo of Tumisang Orebonye and Kabelo Seakanyeng in the attack. The two have scored a combined 15 goals for Olympique Club de Khouribga (OCK) this season. In midfield, Mpote has given Orapa United’s Gofaone Mabaya a rare start, alongside Mothusi Cooper while Lebogang Ditsele has been deployed to protect the back four. Gaborone United’s Goitseone Phoko starts in goal, as Thato Kebue and Cooper have the full-back roles. The team’s captain, Thatayaone Ditlhokwe and Mosha Gaolaolwe will start in the heart of the defence.
There is immense talent on the bench, including Thero Setsile and Thatayaone Kgamanyane while Morupule Wanderers’ Thabo Wetshoemang awaits his debut in what is his first national team assignment. The Zebras and the Mediterranean Knights have met three times and on two occasions the teams have played to a draw, with the home side winning the other fixture. The Zebras are in Group K alongside Libya, Tunisia, and Equatorial Guinea.
Zebras line-up Phoko, Kebue, Gaolaolwe, Ditlhokwe, Mothusi Johnson, Ditsele, Cooper, Mabaya, Sesinyi, and Orebonye
Reserves: Lesenya Malapela, Ryan Brown, Alford Velaphi, Lesenya Ramoraka, Tebogo Keopelang, Setsile, Kgamanyane, Godiraone Modingwane, Doctor David, Mpho Kgaswane, Goitseone Legopelo, and Wetshoemang