Botswana: Rakgare Cheers Zebras On

Gaborone — Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC) visited the Zebras’ second training camp on Wednesday ahead of their crucial encounters against Zimbabwe and Algeria to show support and give them a word of encouragement.

Speaking during the visit, Minister Tumiso Rakgare said it was crucial to win next week’s game against Zimbabwe because it would bring Botswana a step closer to taking part in AFCON.

He said the team was capable of winning considering the pool of talent in camp.

However, he explained that talent alone was not enough to succeed, saying commitment and discipline were critical.

He said should they qualify for AFCON, the players would be in a good position to showcase their talent on an international stage and stand a chance to secure contracts at more developed leagues.

The minister said he wished to see some players plying their trade overseas, which would benefit both the players and the nation.

“Such players would be in a financial position to maybe build a stadium in the country,” he added.

Rakgare assured the team that he was aware of the challenges they were facing, noting that his ministry, in collaboration with the BFA, was working on ways to address them and make the team happy, hence better results.

“Do not doubt our commitment to addressing the challenges you face, there are steps to be followed that include different stakeholders in order to reach some decisions,” he said.

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