Botswana seeks redemption from a recent loss as they host Guinea in a pivotal World Cup qualifying clash in Group G.
Botswana, yet to secure a World Cup berth in their history, aims to capitalize on the expanded 2026 tournament. Despite their initial 3-2 home defeat to Mozambique, Coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa eyes recovery against Guinea, understanding the significance of avoiding consecutive home losses in Group G.
Guinea, victorious with a late 94th-minute goal against Uganda, strives for another win. The National Elephants, aiming to qualify for their first World Cup, hope to secure three points in Francistown to stay competitive with group favorites Algeria.
In terms of team news, Botswana may introduce changes after substitutes Tlhalefang and Ngele made an impact against Mozambique. Centre-back Ditlhokwe is crucial to the defense. Guinea misses captain Naby Keita due to injury, and Guirassy, with an impressive Bundesliga record, might start after recovering from a recent hamstring issue.
Possible Starting Lineups:
Botswana: Dembe; Velaphi, Ditlhokwe, Gaolaolwe, Mangolo; Modingwane, Mohutsiwa, Ditsele, Ngele; Orebonye, Tlhalefang
Guinea: Kone; Conte, Jeanvier, Sow, Sylla; Diawara, Guilavogui; Camara, Moriba, Bayo; Guirassy