The Senior National Team coach Peter Butler has vowed to put up a brave fight against top African teams when they meet in the group stages.
Zebras clinched the final third spot in a group comprising of Senegal, Tunisia and Egypt after triumphing over Guinea Bissau with a 3-1 aggregate.
The Zebras have it all to do in Group G, however, as three of the toughest teams on the continent lie in wait.
Speaking to the Voice Sport upon arrival at the airport Butler said he was adamant they can qualify for the for the AFCON 2015 show piece in Morocco.
“At some stages in order for you to know your true strength you have to test against the best, and I am very positive that we can progress.
I hear a lot of people saying this is a group of death but to me it’s just a group of four teams”, he said.
“I believe we can cause an upset because we are not here by fluke, we deserve to be here.
I have a group of very motivated players, the young stars are fantastic and eager to prove themselves and the leaderships of JJ, Mafoko and Dambe is just out of this world”.
Butler noted that it’s that kind of team work that can help them going forward, adding that they could have worn their second leg encounter against Guinea Bissau which ended in a 1 all draw.
He said after scoring the equalizer his players started enjoying themselves and showed not respect for their opponents who had brought in 6 new foreign based players.
“Basically it was a good challenge, it tested our character and I am glad my players’ minds adopted well and they remained focused even when we trailed behind.
Had we panicked we could be talking a different story, so I am pleased with my boys”.
The Zebras coach however expressed a little worry at the logistic, saying they travelled long hours before reaching their destination.
The outspoken coach said he has travelled a lot in his carrier and has never experienced anything like what happened when they travelled to Guinea Bissau.
He said going forward there was need to get the logistic right from the onset and make sure that everything was correct and exceptional.
For his part captain Boitumelo Mafoko said, “This was a tough game especially that they played in front of a fully packed stadium.
It’s also hot up there so you can imagine how drained we were, but credit must go to my team mates as we managed to dig deeper and salvage a good result”.
“We also did not let the little intimidation that we suffered make us lose focus, when we had to train kids packed the pitch and refused to exit.
We then waited until we got our chance to train and after wards go back to the hotel to rest”.
Mafoko added that they are now happy to be in the group amongst tough countries as it will give them the much needed experience and exposure for the youngsters.
Botswana will travel to Tunisia in the first round of group games that will take place during the first weekend of September.