Botswana ready to face Namibia in Cosafa Cup

07 Jun 2016 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 07 JUN (NAMPA) – Botswana will beat Namibia when the two nations meet at the 2016 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup, former Botswana football star Diphetogo 'Dipsy' Selolwane says.
Namibia are the defending champions and will play Botswana in the quarterfinals of the competition on 18 June.
In a recent interview with Nampa, the legendary retired footballer, who captained the Zebras of Botswana, said football has evolved between the two nations and the time has now come for Botswana to show they are ready to lift the regional cup.
“At the moment, history does not count. I know we have played each other before and we won most of the matches during my playing era, but when the tournament kicks off, all that will be forgotten because history doesn’t count since the generations have changed.
“If you look at our history, the generation before I started playing football lost their match to Namibia, while my generation never lost a game against them,” he said.
Since 1994, Namibia and Botswana have met 16 times in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, the Cosafa Cup and international friendlies. Out of these encounters, Namibia has only managed to come out victorious twice - in 1994 when they won 1-0 and 1996 when they won 6-0.
They have drawn eight times and lost six times to Botswana in the last 22 years.
Selolwana said the two nations currently have young players who are all eager to win silverware for their country but added that his home country will on 18 June be on the victorious side.
“At the moment, it’s not about results, it’s about finding the right players that can do the job on the field. It would really mean a lot to the young players that have been selected in the Botswana squad to win this year’s tournament as it will add to their learning experience and boost their morale as young players.”
The 2016 Cosafa Cup starts at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday when Zimbabwe take on Swaziland at 15h00.