Bostwana coach Gaoletlhoo Nkutlwisang’ has named her final 24-woman squad that will debut at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
The Mares will be playing in their first ever continental competition and they have been pitted in Group C with nine-time champions, Super Falcons of Nigeria, neighbours South Africa and fellow debutants Burundi.
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In the squad, only four players ply their trade outside of Botswana, including South African based goalkeeper, Sedilame Boseja. Boseja isn’t new to continental football, she is a CAF Women’s Champions League winner with her club, Mamelodi Sundowns. Esalenna Galekhutle and Thuto Ramafifi are based in the USA where they play in college football for Tyler Junior College and Albany State University while 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.
Goalkeepers: Sedilame Boseja, Lesego Moeng, Merylin John
Defenders: Bonang Otlhagile, Masego Montsho, Kesegofeste Mochawe, Veronicah Mogotsi, Nancy Baeletsi, Laone Moloi, Lone Gaofetoge
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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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