Botswana Football Association President Tebogo Sebego has confirmed the New Francistown Stadium Zebras 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier tie against Burkina Faso next Saturday.
The game will be the national team’s first official match in Francistown since it was formed.
Addressing a press conference at the Civic Centre on Wednesday afternoon the BFA boss said the decision to bring the game to Francistown is part of the football mother body’s plan to bring the Zebras to the people.
On another issue Sebego revealed that the BFA had made sacrifices to bring the Zebras to the country’s second city.
“We shall be relocating some staff to work to prepare for the game. Had the game been played in Gaborone they would have come to work from their homes. Bringing them to Francistown means we will have to pay for their accommodation. Zebras players would have stayed at Lekidi Centre and bringing them here means spending money on their accommodation too” Sebego said.
He went on to express gratitude at the Francistown City Council authorities who have taken the initiative to cushion the BFA from some of the costs connected to the game.
Sebego also pointed out that his association was happy with the fact that Burkina Faso had listened to the BFA’s plea to move the game to Francistown.
“We thank Burkina Faso for acceding to our request” he said.
He went on to assure the nation that things were going as planned especially with the accommodation.
“Accommodation that meets CAF standards for teams, match officials and other stakeholders has been sorted out”, a seemingly pleased Sebego said.
Calling on Francistown residents and others in the north to come and watch the Zebras historic appearance in Ghetto Sebego told his audience:
“The Zebras are looking for a home in Gaborone, Lobatse and Francistown. If you show enough support Francistown may become the Zebras home”.
A snap survey by Voice Sport revealed that most football lovers in Ghetto are looking forward to the game and would be at the stadium on match day.
For her part Francistown Mayor Sylvia Muzila said the local authorities and the people of Francistown were happy to host the Zebras and appealed for mass attendance of the historic match.
The game kicks off at 4pm. Tickets will cost tP110.00 for the grand stand, P50.00 for what is called Panda in most stadium and P30.00 for the stands behind the goals.
The BFA has teamed up with Shop/Checkers to sell tickets in Francistown, Gaborone, Maun and Kasane.