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Botswana

Nickname:
Ezimbizi (The Zebras)
Founded:
1970
Joined FIFA:
1978
Website:
www.bfa.co.bw

The Botswana national football team is one of the weaker sides in the competition and has never qualified for the African Cup of Nations. With that being said they have only attempted to qualify for the African show piece since 1994.

In their first African Nations Cup qualifying campaign they were drawn to play a two-legged preliminary fixture against Lesotho and although Botswana drew in Lesotho, they lost 4-0 at home and were eliminated.

In their second African Nations Cup qualifying campaign, Botswana was in a group that contained Angola, Guinea, Mali, Mozambique and Namibia. They finished sixth in the group with only two draws (both with Namibia) and a horrible goal difference of negative 22, conceding 27 goals in total.

After 1996, Botswana were put into two-legged fixtures for the next three African Nations Cup qualifying campaigns, but still they found little success. In 1998 they were drawn against Namibia and after drawing at home they lost 6-0 away. In 2000 they were drawn against Mozambique, again drawing at home and then losing 2-1 away.

In 2002 they were drawn against Madagascar, and this time even though they won 1-0 at home, (their first win in an African Nations Cup qualifying) they lost 2-0 away and were eliminated.

In 2004 Botswana were drawn in a group that had Congo DR, Libya and Swaziland. They finished 4th in the group with 3 draws (two home and one away). 2006 saw them in a group joined by Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco and Tunisia. Botswana showed marked improvement and finished the campaign in fifth place with three wins.

In their fourth attempt to qualify for World Cup, Botswana had entered directly into the second round of African qualifiers and was drawn to play Côte d'Ivoire, Madagascar and Mozambique. Botswana finished bottom of the group with five points from six matches and a 3–8 goal difference

In 2008 Botswana were drawn in a group with Burundi, regional champions Egypt, and Mauritania, and although they came in last they did draw with Burundi and Mauritania on points. Their most notable result was a draw with Egypt at home.

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