Botswana vs Malawi match details
Match: Botswana vs Malawi
Competition: Africa World Cup qualifying
Date: Thursday September 7, 2019
Kick-off time: 5:00pm
Stadium: Francistown Stadium
Botswana’s senior national football team, Zebras, will host Malawi in a World Cup qualifier in Francistown, the match is scheduled for 5pm.
Botswana Football Association (BFA) spokesperson, Tumo Mpatane, said that the team was ready for the encounter.
Mpatane said coach Adel Amrouche had assembled a 22-man squad, which started a training camp on Sunday and the presence of Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele, Simisani Mathumo and Onkabetse Makgantai who impressed football enthusiasts during the previous COSAFA competition in South Africa.
The last time the Zebras and the Flames locked horns in a World Cup qualifier was in 2004 and 2005 which Botswana beat Malawi 5-1 on aggregate.
In this preliminary round, 28 teams were paired to compete over two legs.
The full pairings for Cosafa teams are as follows: Ethiopia vs Lesotho, Somalia vs Zimbabwe, Eritrea vs Namibia, Djibouti vs eSwatini, the Gambia vs Angola, Mauritius vs Mozambique and Seychelles vs Rwanda.
The other fixtures are South Sudan vs Equatorial Guinea, Chad vs Sudan, Liberia vs Sierra Leone, Sao Tome & Principe vs Guinea-Bissau, Comoros vs Togo while Tanzania date Burundi in an East African derby.
Winners will then join 26 other teams to be divided into 10 groups of four each. At the end of the group stage, the 10 group winners will be paired, based on ranking, to compete in a two-legged play-off round.
- Seychelles 0-3 Rwanda
- Chad 1-3 Sudan
- Somalia 1-0 Zimbabwe
- Burundi 1-1 Tanzania
- Ethiopia 0-0 Lesotho
- Eritrea 1-2 Namibia
- South Sudan 1-1 Equatorial Guinea
- Mauritius 0-1 Mozambique
- Djibouti 2-1 Eswatini
- Sao Tome e Principe 0-1 Guinea-Bissau
- Liberia 3-1 Sierra Leone