Super Falcons’ WAFCON opponents, Botswana announce final squad

Super Falcons’ WAFCON opponents, Botswana announce final squad
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Botswana who will face Nigeria’s Super Falcons on 7 July in the matchday 2 schedule of Group C at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Rabat Morocco have announced their final squad to the tournament.

The coach, Gaoletlhoo Nkutlwisang’ has named her final 24-woman squad as the 2 July kick of date for the tournament approaches.

The team, nicknamed “Mares” will be playing in their first ever continental competition and they have been pitted in Group C with nine-time champions, Nigeria, neighbours South Africa and fellow debutants Burundi.

In the squad, only four players ply their trade outside of Botswana, including South African based goalkeeper, Sedilame Boseja who is not new to continental football.

Boseja is a CAF Women’s Champions League winner with her club, Mamelodi Sundowns. Other foreign based players in the squad include Esalenna Galekhutle and Thuto Ramafifi who are based in the USA where they play in college football for Tyler Junior College and Albany State University. The fourth foreign based, Mokgabo Thanda plays for Yasa Queens in Zambia.

Nkutlwisang also named experienced players in the squad such as Refilwe Tholakele and Masego Montsho. Botswana will hope to be the surprise package in the group especially having defeated Banyana previously and eliminated Zimbabwe from the qualifiers of the competition.

Nkutlwisang’s charges will open their campaign against the Swallows on 4 July at the Stade Moulay Hassan in Rabat.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Sedilame Boseja, Lesego Moeng, Merylin John

Defenders: Bonang Otlhagile, Masego Montsho, Kesegofeste Mochawe, Veronicah Mogotsi, Nancy Baeletsi, Laone Moloi, Lone Gaofetoge

Midfielders: Golebaone Selebatso, Mokgabo Thanda, Annah Sechane, Leano Atang Busang, Keitumetse Dithebe, Lesego Radiakanyo, Balotlhanyi Johannes

Strikers: Thuto Ramafiki, Refilwe Tholakele, Esalenna Galekhutle, Michelle Abueng, Nondi Mahlasela, Ontlametse Gainyadiwe

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