Brave Warriors in narrow defeat at Botswana

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The Brave Warriors lost 1-0 at Botswana on Sunday afternoon in an international friendly match and coach Ricardo Mannetti is satisfied with the response from the key players.

Teeenage Orebonye scored the only goal of the match at the National stadium in Gabarone on Sunday to give his country victory on their Independence Day celebrations.

Brave Warriors coach Mannetti says his charges lack of Match fitness was again exposed.

" Match fitness was evident in this game. Started of very slowly but had a much better 2nd half with goalie Ratanda Mbazuvara being a spectator at times. The result was never my priority in a situation where thers still no league action so it was always gonna be about game time fr the players", explains Mannetti.

He adds that he's content with some key players for the local-based Brave Warriors: "I'm happy that the key players got 90minutes so they can be better prepared for the Mozambique encounter", says Mannetti.

The gaffer further reveals that the pitch could been better in Gabarone. "I was not happy with the condition of the pitch and in most areas it was practically unplayable".

The team will return home on Monday to continue a training camp at home before Mannetti announces another training squad for a camp to be held in South Africa from 7 October before the game in Mozambique on 13 October.

The next official game for the Brave Warriors will be away at Mozambique on 13 October and then they host them in Windheok on 16 October. The final home game will be against Bissau between 12-20 November before they visit Zambia in March 2019. The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon from 07 to 20 June 2019.