Uphill task for Nato and Nglande, but not for Nengomasha
Three Bidvest Wits players will be in action over the international break, but two of them face uphill battles as they go against the odds in search of qualification for the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Ofentse Nato’s Botswana faces an almost impossible task if they are to continue in their qualification for the continental showpiece.
Botswana find themselves three goals down after suffering a heart-breaking 3-0 loss to Mali in their first leg qualifier in Bamako on Saturday 8 September 2012.
It was a horrible performance from Botswana away from home as goals from Cheick Diabate, Tenima Enday and Modibo Maiga handed them one of their worst defeats in recent time.
They will now need a miracle if they are to turn the tie around and many will be looking to Nato to provide that inspiration from the midfield in Gaborone on Saturday. One thing is for certain – Botswana will not be defending and will more than likely opt for all-out-attack which suits Nato’s style of play.
Robin Nglande’s Malawi also faces an uphill task as they will have to fight back from a two goal deficit against Ghana on Saturday if they are to continue on their Afcon journey.
In their first leg match on 8 September 2012, the Flames were solid defensively, but two minor lapses in concentration saw them conceded two silly goals scored by Christian Atsu and Anthony Annan.
Nonetheless, Malawi will take heart from them performance and will be looking to bounce back at home in front of what will surely be Malawian dominant crowd.
A lot, though, will be expected of Nglande if he plays as the striker and will be expected to take his chances in front of goal.
Finally, one Wits player will expect his national team to qualify for the 2013 Afcon as Tinashe Nengomasha’s Zimbabwe go into their second leg tie against Angola 3-1 up.
The tough as nails midfielder was not present for the first leg match but has been recalled to the squad in order to sure up the midfield when the team takes to the field in Angola.
With Nengomasha in the heart of the midfield, Zimbabwe are sure to be difficult to beat and are more than likely going to qualify for the tournament next year.