Botswana slide towards worst ever ranking

Botswana slide towards worst ever ranking
BOTSWANA, Francistown, Joel Mogorosi of Botswana National team Zebras and Mawejje Tonny of Uganda vie for the ball during the AFCON 2017 qualifying match at the Francistown Stadium in Botswana on 4 June 2016. MONIRUL BHUIYAN/Backpagepix

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 11:00

The Botswana senior national team has slid further down the FIFA World rankings released on Monday.

Nicknamed the Zebras, Botswana are now ranked number 147, just 18 places away from the worst position reached in 1999.

The Zebras, who were previously ranked 146, played two friendly matches last month under the guidance of new head coach David Bright.

Bright's side secured a 2-0 victory over Ethiopia in Gaborone, Botswana, before losing 3-1 to Namibia in Windhoek.

Maclean Letshwiti, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) president, told Mmegi Sports that he was not overly worried as he has the finger on the pulse.

“I am addressing the low performance by having a robust development programme, which can produce quality players for Zebras. There is no other cure," Letshwiti said.

"There is no successful team without a robust development programme. When you know that you have arrived, you should see your players being exported to Africa, Europe and other parts. And we are far from that.

"Only an ignorant, naive person will say the Zebras are not performing. In any case, what have they achieved in the last 50 years? It has always been mediocre performance. Yes, I am worried but I am doing something about it."

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