Tunisia coach George Leekens says he is happy to have qualified for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations even if their performance against Botswana was not great. The Carthage Eagles drew 0-0 with Botswana at the National Stadium in Gaborone on Friday night to end top of their group with 11 points.
Leekens had told the media before the game that they would vie for all three points even though they just needed a point. The game plan, however, showed that they chose to be cautious and not do any unnecessary attacking. The tie was evenly balanced with Tunisia showing maturity in sticking to their tactics. Tunisia did test Botswana keeper Kabelo Dambe near the end when he had to make double saves in what could have been a big blow for the hosts.
“My boys did what they had to do and I am happy we qualified. The performance was not that important,” Leekens said immediately after the game. For Botswana it was merely pride at stake as they picked up their very first point during the Qualifiers. Peter Butler, the Zebras coach, had explained that his strategy was to mix a team of youth and experience, which is why Mogogi Gabonamong played a role on Friday night. The new boy in the team, Segolame Boy of Township Rollers, made his presence in the team felt and he was only let down by a lack of experience.
Platinum Stars attacker Mogakolodi Ngele, who replaced Captain Joel Mogorosi, was unlucky not to have got on the score sheet in the dying minutes when he just missed the target.