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Botswana
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Zebras
Association Botswana Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Stanley Tshosane
Most caps Dipsy Selolwane
Top scorer Dipsy Selolwane
Home stadium Botswana National Stadium
FIFA code BOT
FIFA ranking 119
Highest FIFA ranking 95 (September 2007)
Lowest FIFA ranking 165 (November 1999)
Elo ranking T117
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Malawi Malawi 8 - 1 Botswana Botswana
(Malawi; July 13, 1968)
Biggest win
Botswana Botswana 6 - 2 Swaziland Swaziland
(Gaborone, Botswana; March 2, 2002) )
Biggest defeat
Malawi Malawi 8 - 1 Botswana Botswana
(Malawi; July 13, 1968)
Botswana Botswana 0 - 7 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
(Gaborone, Botswana; August 26, 1990)

The Botswana national football team, nicknamed The Zebras, or EZIMBIZI is the national team of Botswana and is controlled by the Botswana Football Association. They have never qualified for the finals of the World Cup nor the African Nations Cup.

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History

Although Botswana have thrice entered the FIFA World Cup preliminary stages, it took them nearly 11 years after playing their first match to register their first victory, a 4-1 victory in the African pre-preliminary qualifying rounds for Germany 2006 against Lesotho.

The southern African nation took part in their first preliminary competition for the 1994 finals in the USA, where they faced Niger and Cote d'Ivoire. They managed a 0-0 draw with the latter in Gaborone but lost their other three matches, finishing last in their group.

The next competition they entered was for Korea/Japan 2002, where they faced Zambia in a two-legged tie to decide which team would advance to the group stages. Zambia won both matches to qualify, while Botswana were knocked out.

Recently Botswana had some poor results with the team losing 3-0 to Zambia and losing to second-string sides from South Africa and Zimbabwe at home in Gaborone, frustrating many supporters. In the first match in the World Cup 2008 and African Cup of Nations 2008 qualifiers, Botswana drew at home with a Madagascar side ranked 146th in the world at the time, leading Botswana FA to sack manager Colwyn Rowe despite his leading Botswana to their highest ever ranking of 95th. BFA claimed this move was taken because they feared for his safety from angry fans. Stanley Tshosane was named as his replacement and in his first game in charge, Botswana achieved an impressive 2-1 win away to Mozambique to put them in a relatively strong position in their qualifying group; on their next fixture, they took everyone by surprise by holding Cote d'Ivoire to a 1-1 draw.

World Cup record

African Nations Cup record

Former Managers

Current squad

The following players were called for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification against Mozambique on October 11, 2008.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Noah Maposa June 3, 1985 Botswana Mochudi Centre Chiefs
2 DF Gobonyeone Selefa Botswana Mochudi Centre Chiefs
3 DF Paul Hanson Botswana Township Rollers
4 DF Khutsafalo Seboloko Botswana Botswana Defence Force XI
5 DF Mompati Thuma April 5, 1980 Botswana Botswana Defence Force XI
6 MF Nelson Gabolwelwe September 3, 1977 Botswana Botswana Defence Force XI
7 FW Pontsho Moloi November 28, 1981 Botswana Mochudi Centre Chiefs
8 MF Tshepo Motlhabankwe March 17, 1980 Botswana Mochudi Centre Chiefs
9 FW Jerome Ramatlhakwane South Africa Santos
10 MF Boitumelo Mafoko February 11, 1982 South Africa Santos
11 FW Diphetogo Selolwane January 27, 1978 South Africa Ajax Cape Town
12 MF Vincent Phiri Botswana Flamengo Santos
13 FW Malepa Bolelang February 25, 1982 Botswana ECCO City Green
14 MF Abednico Powell Botswana Extension Gunners
15 MF Dirang Moloi July 15, 1986 Botswana Mochudi Centre Chiefs
16 GK Modiri Marumo July 6, 1976 Egypt Haras El Hodood
17 MF Joel Mogorosi August 2, 1984 England Arsenal
18 MF Mogogi Gabonamong September 10, 1982 South Africa Santos
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Recent call-ups 2008

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
2 Momipi Ofentse (WCQ v. Madagascar, 7 September)
3 Mosimanegape Ramoshibidu (WCQ v. Madagascar, 7 September) Botswana Botswana Meat Commissions
4 MF Michael Mogaladi (WCQ v. Madagascar, 7 September) July 7, 1982 Botswana Mochudi Centre Chiefs
10 FW Mpho Mabogo (WCQ v. Madagascar, 7 September) July 28, 1980 Botswana Mochudi Centre Chiefs
2 DF Ndiapo Letsholathebe (WCQ v. Cote d'Ivoire, 22 June) February 25, 1983 Botswana Police XI
3 MF Keoagetse Radipotsane (WCQ v. Cote d'Ivoire, 22 June) September 16, 1982 Botswana Notwane FC
9 DF Khumo Motlhabane (WCQ v. Cote d'Ivoire, 22 June) February 17, 1981 Botswana Flamengo Santos
10 FW Moemedi Moatlhaping (WCQ v. Cote d'Ivoire, 22 June) July 14, 1985 Botswana Township Rollers
14 DF Ernest Amos (WCQ v. Cote d'Ivoire, 22 June) September 12, 1975 Botswana TASC FC
16 GK Raphael Nthwane (WCQ v. Madagascar, 31 May) Botswana Mochudi Centre Chiefs

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Botswana
Association Botswana Football Association
Confederation CAF
Coach Stanley Tshosane
Most caps Dipsy Selolwane ()
Top scorer Dipsy Selolwane ()
World Cup
Appearances 0

Botswana national football team is the national football team of Botswana.


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