Botswana’s Zebras have said they will not be able to feature their foreign-based players during next Tuesday’s international friendly match slated for University of Botswana in Gaborone.
The Flames have lined up Botswana for an international friendly to prepare for next weekend’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Namibia’s Brave Warriors. Botswana are preparing for a similar World Cup tie against Ethiopia slated for March 24.
The Flames are expected to feature a full-strength squad against the Zebras as 10 foreign-based players are expected to join the squad in Gaborone by Monday.
Zebras coach Stanley Tshosane said his foreign-based charges will only join the squad after the Flames friendly.
Tshosane said this will dent his preparations for the Ethiopia game.
He, nevertheless, welcomed the Malawi friendly, saying it will help in his preparations for the qualifiers, which he said are already behind schedule.
Tshosane last week called a provisional squad made up of local-based players to camp. He, however, said not all players reported to camp by Sunday as some were still held up by club commitments.
Botswana is currently languishing at the bottom of Group A of the World Cup qualifiers after playing two matches. They lost away to Central Africa Republic before being held by neighbouring South Africa to a draw at home.