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MBABANE – They are here for serious business.

If comments by visiting Botswana National Under-23s Football Team Coach Kaelo Kaelo are anything to go by, then Eswatini must brace themselves for a hard time ahead of the TOTALEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier this afternoon. The first leg will be played at Somhlolo National Stadium and kick-off time is 3pm. The AFCON qualifiers also serve as a 2024 Olympic qualifier. “Eswatini team is a closed book and we do hope they do not know anything about us. We are here to fight for a win or at least a draw. It will be easy to maintain back at home if we get some positive results,” said Kaelo.


He said he knew the game was not going to be easy because they were playing away. “They are hosting us; I’m sure that will work to their advantage. However, we have prepared well for them,” he said. The team captain Tebogo Kobelang shared the same sentiments. “We have planned for them and we came here to fight for good results. We are ready for the game and we are positive we will do well,” said Kobelang. The second leg will be played on Tuesday in Botswana.In an interview yesterday, Eswatini Under-23s coach Sifiso ‘Nuro’ Ntibane said they were going to fight for positive results. He had also highlighted that they would be banking their hopes on the experienced players like Neliswa ‘Tiger’ Dlamini and Kwakhe Thwala, who also play for the senior national team, Sihlangu.

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