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The Botswana national football team, nicknamed 'The Zebras' (Setswana: Dipitse) is the national football team of Botswana and is controlled by the Botswana Football Association. They have never qualified for the World Cup but they did qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations[3] for the first time in their history.

Botswana
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Dipitse
(The Zebras)
AssociationBotswana Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachMogomotsi Mpote (caretaker)
CaptainJoel Mogorosi
Most capsMompati Thuma (84)
Top scorerJerome Ramatlhakwane (24)
Home stadiumBotswana National Stadium
FIFA codeBOT
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 147 Increase 1 (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest53 (December 2010)
Lowest165 (November 1999 – February 2000)
Elo ranking
Current 133 Decrease 12 (10 July 2019)[2]
Highest98 (August 2011)
Lowest187 (March 1997)
First international
 Malawi 8–1 Botswana Botswana
(Malawi; July 13, 1968)
Biggest win
Botswana Botswana 6–0 Mauritius 
(Polokwane, South Africa; June 1, 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Malawi 8–1 Botswana Botswana
(Malawi; July 13, 1968)
Botswana Botswana 0–7 Zimbabwe 
(Gaborone, Botswana; August 26, 1990)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 2012)
Best resultGroup stage, 2012

Contents

HistoryEdit

Although Botswana have entered the FIFA World Cup preliminary stages five times, it took them nearly eleven years after playing their first match to register their first victory which was a 4–1 victory in the African pre-preliminary qualifying rounds for Germany 2006 against Lesotho.[citation needed]

The southern African nation took part in their first preliminary competition for the 1994 World Cup in the United States, where they faced Niger and Ivory Coast. They managed a 0–0 draw with the latter in Gaborone, but lost their other three matches, finishing last in their group.

The next competition they entered was for the 2002 World Cup, where they faced Zambia in a two-legged tie to decide which team would advance to the group stages. Zambia won both legs of the tie to qualify and knock Botswana out.

After this, Botswana suffered some poor results with the team losing 3–0 to Zambia, and losing to second-string sides from South Africa and Zimbabwe at home in Gaborone, frustrating many supporters. A draw with Madagascar which was ranked at 146th in the world at the time, led Botswana FA to sack manager Colwyn Rowe, despite him leading Botswana to their then-highest ever FIFA ranking of 95th. The BFA claimed this move was taken because they feared for his safety from angry fans. Stanley Tshosane was named as his replacement and in his first game in charge, Botswana achieved an impressive 2–1 win away to Mozambique to put them in a relatively strong position in their qualifying group. Despite also achieving a creditable draw with Ivory Coast, Botswana finished bottom of their qualifying group for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

This disappointment was followed by the most successful period in Botswana's history. Botswana defied their ranking to become the first team to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, beating Tunisia both at home and away. This success coincided with a rise to their highest ever FIFA ranking of 53rd. They did not manage to build upon this upturn in form at the tournament, losing narrowly to Ghana and Mali and heavily to Guinea to finish bottom of their group with zero points.

The truncated qualification format for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations saw them face Mali in a two-legged tie, which they lost 7–1 on aggregate. They then failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, finishing third in their group with seven points behind South Africa and Ethiopia.

In October 2013, the Botswana Football Association sacked Tshosane, citing his "failing to meet the targets set for him". They subsequently appointed Englishman Peter Butler in February 2014.

Since then, the qualification to major tournaments has continued to elude Botswana. Despite beating Burundi and Guinea-Bissau in the knockout rounds, they finished last in their difficult qualifying group for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with just a single point. In their qualifying group for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, they finished third - seven points behind qualifiers Burkina Faso and Uganda. In the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, they beat Eritrea in the first round and won 2−1 at home against Mali in the first leg of the second round. However, a 2−0 win for Mali in Bamako meant that Botswana lost on aggregate and failed to make the group stages.

In July 2017, David Bright became manager of the Zebras for the fourth time after the BFA chose not to renew Butler's contract.

Competition recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 1 9
  1998 Did not enter Did not enter
    2002 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 2
  2006 12 4 1 7 14 19
  2010 6 1 2 3 3 8
  2014 6 2 1 3 8 10
  2018 4 3 0 1 7 4
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 34 10 5 19 32 42

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1957 to   1965 Part of United Kingdom
  1968 to   1976 Not affiliated to CAF
  1978 to   1992 Did not enter
  1994 to   2010 Did not qualify
    2012 Round 1 14 3 0 0 3 2 9
  2013 to   2019 Did not qualify
  2021 To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total Round 1 1/31 3 0 0 3 2 9

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

All-time record against other nationsEdit

As of 8 June 2019[4]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
  Angola 12 1 6 5 5 13 −8
  Burkina Faso 6 2 1 3 3 7 −4
  Burundi 4 2 1 1 2 1 +1
  Central African Republic 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1
  Cameroon 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Chad 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2
  China PR 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5
  Comoros 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
  DR Congo 5 0 3 2 0 4 −4
  Egypt 5 0 2 3 1 6 −5
  Equatorial Guinea 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Eritrea 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4
  Ethiopia 4 2 0 2 7 4 +3
  Gabon 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Ghana 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1
  Guinea 5 0 0 5 2 18 −16
  Guinea-Bissau 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
  Iran 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Iraq 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Ivory Coast 4 0 2 2 1 11 −10
  Kenya 7 3 0 4 7 10 −3
  Lesotho 30 14 11 5 35 23 +12
  Libya 3 0 2 1 0 1 −1
  Madagascar 6 2 1 3 4 5 −1
  Malawi 23 5 7 11 21 46 −25
  Mali 7 1 0 6 5 19 −14
  Mauritania 4 1 0 3 3 8 −5
  Mauritius 3 1 1 1 6 1 +5
  Morocco 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2
  Mozambique 21 4 4 13 15 31 −16
  Namibia 19 7 10 2 19 18 +1
  New Zealand 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Niger 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2
  Nigeria 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Senegal 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5
  Seychelles 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6
  South Africa 15 0 5 10 8 25 −17
  South Sudan 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
  Swaziland 23 12 6 5 36 21 +15
  Sweden 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
  Tanzania 5 1 2 2 7 9 −2
  Togo 2 1 0 1 2 2 0
  Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Tunisia 6 2 1 3 5 9 −4
  Uganda 5 0 2 3 2 7 −5
  Zambia 20 3 5 12 6 31 −25
  Zimbabwe 16 4 3 9 8 21 −13
Total 295 80 78 137 243 382 −139

Recent results and fixturesEdit

RecordsEdit

As of 14 November 2017[5]

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  3. ^ "BBC Sport – Football – Minnows Botswana qualify for Africa Cup of Nations". BBC News. 2011-03-26. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  4. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Botswana". Elo Ratings. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Botswana - Record International Players". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2017-02-02.

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