Somalia out to hand Botswana another defeat

Somalia out to hand Botswana another defeat
Mohamed Awad of Somalia during the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification match between Eswatini and Somalia held at Mbombela Stadium, Mpumalanga on 26 March 2024 ©Dirk Kotze/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jun 09, 2024. 13:27

Somalia will battle it out with Botswana in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying match on Monday, 10 June.

Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.

The Group G match will be played at Somalia’s temporary home ground, Estádio do Zimpeto in Maputo, Mozambique.

The Ocean Stars are licking their wounds at the moment having succumbed to a 2-1 loss to Mozambique away on 7 June.

Therefore, Somali remain winless in Group G having lost their first three matches against Algeria, Uganda and Mozambique,

The Ocean Stars are currently placed sixth in the Group G standings – three points behind fifth-placed Botswana.

Having scored his side’s consolation goal against Mozambique, Ismael Shirwa will be looking to inspire Somalia to a surprise win.

Meanwhile, Botswana are also wounded having suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Uganda away on 7 June.

The Zebras of Botswana have three points from their first three matches in Group G which sees them placed fifth in the standings.

Botswana succumbed to a defeat to Mozambique before securing a win over Guinea and a defeat against Uganda followed.

Kabelo Seakanyeng – who netted the winning goal against Guinea – will be determined to score and help the Zebras overcome Somalia.

In Head-to-Head stats, it will be the first-ever meeting between Somalia and Botswana.

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