Botswana girls’s senior nationwide staff coach Gaolethoo Nkutlwisang has admitted that it could be a dream for her facet to qualify for the coveted Africa Girls’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Morocco subsequent yr as they put together to tackle Angola within the first spherical of the qualifiers.
“I am residing this dream like some other Motswana who needs to qualify to the AWCON. We are going to work very exhausting to realize this dream and qualify for AWCON,” Nkutlwisang stated.
The AWCON draw was held on Monday on the CAF headquarters within the Egyptian capital of Cairo the place nations had been drawn based on their zones, that are CECAF, COSAFA, WAFU A, WAFU B, UNIFFAC and UNCAF respectively.
The COSAFA area led the remainder of the zones with 10 nations of the 44 nations taking part within the first spherical of qualifiers. Reacting to the draw in opposition to Angola, Gaolethoo described her opponent as a sturdy challenger who must be accorded the respect she wants.
“It is a robust draw and we’ve got began our preparations with a pleasant and extended camp. Our groups usually are not lively thus we’ve got given our gamers applications and coaching schedules to push their health ranges. We have now to begin instantly, and our technical staff is advancing its preparations,” stated Nkutlwisang.
Nonetheless, she affirmed that they’d take the battle to Angola realizing totally what’s at stake as solely 4 matches stand between Botswana and the historic AWCON qualification berth.
“If we made this dream come true then it will likely be an enormous achievement for our nation Botswana and it’ll assist native soccer to advance up the world rankings.
“I am assured of our probabilities and the spirit of the gamers, who performed effectively in opposition to South Africa’s Banyana Banyana regardless of the 2-0 pleasant loss on the Wits Stadium in Johannesburg final month.
“We had many probabilities in that sport and this can give us a superb motivation and the gamers know their obligations effectively.”
The winner of the primary spherical of the two-legged conflict in June 2021 will then play within the second spherical in October 2021 in opposition to the winner between Zimbabwe/Eswatini to achieve the finals in Morocco subsequent yr.
Nkutlwisang expressed confidence that her staff will shine all the best way to the AWCON glory including that they’ve seen their opponents’ model of play of their current friendlies. Her solely fear although for her facet she stated is the extreme physicality and robust opponents.
“We have now seen them in motion in opposition to Namibia just lately, they’re well-built, however in addition they have their weaknesses. My gamers know what’s at stake. The women will play the sport of their lifetime.”
In an effort to beef up her squad, Nkutlwisang stated she must name up all her gamers plying their commerce in overseas leagues.
Supply: Botswana Soccer Affiliation