For the first time in the history of Botswana football, the Zebras hosted the Warriors of Zimbabwe in the mining town of Selebi-Phikwe where they walloped them 2-0.
The game was an initiative of Selebi-Phikwe Mayor Lekang Mokokomani who said it was a way of bringing back some attention to the mining town and revamp the presence of the national team’s support. The game that was played under the flood lights on Wednesday evening was sponsored by BCL to the tune of P100 000.
The Zebras eased their way to a comfortable victory against the visitors in a friendly clash that saw the two sides showing determination in front of goal in the opening minutes. The home side emerged the much brighter side, with the strike force causing all sorts of trouble for the visitors’ defence and it didn’t take long for the Zebras to get in front. Forward livewire Sekhana Koko managed to pounce after somewhat of a scramble and beat the advancing Warriors keeper with a cheeky finish and sent the fans into a jovial celebration with an early lead.
Within two minutes after the first goal an atrocious Jerome Ramatlhakwane popped up in the box and fired home the Zebra’s second past a despairing Warriors keeper, Edwin Sibanda, sending the capacity packed Selebi-Phikwe stadium  into a high pitched ‘vuvuzela’ celebration.
The game went for half time with the Zebras leading 2-0 and in the second half they continued to press, but actual chances were hard to come by as they fired shots across the face of goal.
Time was clearly running out for the Zimbabweans and they fought with all they could to put the Zebras on the backfoot. In the process, a highly spirited Warriors striker Elvis Melika brought down Ndiyapo Letsholathebe with a rough tackle, sending the Zebras defender to the sidelines with an ankle injury. Tshepo ‘Talk Talk’ Motlhabankwe then came in for the injured Letsholathebe and from then on the Zebras were more or less in complete control of the game, dominating possession but failing to really create any more chances of note.
After the last whistle a visibly upset Warriors coach, Norman Mapezu, refused to talk to the media. Zebras coach Stanley Tshosane was full of praise for his charges as he said they showed they were  well on course for bigger assignments. “The level of team work has improved tremendously. The squad has a very bright future considering that most of the players are youngsters under the age of 23. We’re warming up to the AFCON games and this is just the beginning of our preparations and this is just one of the games that helps us assess our potential and correct our weaknesses. We seem to improve with every game that we play and today we have gone a few notches higher than our last game against Chad,” he said.


  1. ba kae Basebi, ba didimatse stern. people are amazing, now they are saying boys, not stern because the team is doing well. ofcourse, is not the efforts of one department.

  2. tota nna ke rapela MODIMO gore a re thuse re tle re kgone go betsa Malawi coz that we’ll be the end of the beginning. we have runnin for too long, its time to qualify for AFCON

  3. good results. this is the beggining. dikgolo di etla. batswakwa ba paletswe, now is the time Tshoswane to make Batswana smile, shine like sun, run, be active like zebras.
    let our boys shine
    let our boy play our football
    let motswana coach his country
    same language, nationality, common understanding, leading to world cup.

    shine shine shine zebras shine


  5. ke bona mzanzi ba re lebile mo screening doing the DISKI DANCE ko ist LIBYA?afcon 2012 doing our ZEBRA KICKING STYLE,MALAWI U R DE NXT NO CHANCE,SHAA….PA DIPITSE SHHAA….!

  6. kip it up for bringing home maximum points but we still want 2 c lobebe la kgwele not kgwele ya modimo nthuse

  7. nna tota ke le King ke itumelela go bona Batswana ba kgonna go itirela anway SHAPA ZEBRAS SHAPA.thank GOD FOR DAT

  8. nna tota ke le King ke itumelela go bona Batswana ba kgonna go itirela anway SHAPA ZEBRAS SHAPA.thank GOD FOR DAT u rily made ity gents kip it up

  9. kip it up guys 4 celebration on 2012,don’t do like mzanzi being the fisrt team in world cup 2 noc off in group stage. A re ipatele phatha ZEBRAS.