Somalia Aims for Historic Victory Over Botswana in World Cup Qualifiers

Mogadishu (AX) — On Monday, June 10, Somalia will throw down with Botswana in a pivotal 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Estádio do Zimpeto in Maputo, Mozambique. Seeking redemption from a string of lousy outcomes, the Ocean Stars are hungry for their first triumph in Group G.

Due to safety issues and shoddy stadium setups, Somalia has been staging its ‘home’ contests in neighboring Mozambique. Their journey’s been rough, with setbacks against Algeria, Uganda, and Mozambique, pushing them to the bottom of the group.

In their latest skirmish, the Ocean Stars endured a 2-1 defeat by Mozambique, where Ismael Shirwa bagged a consolation strike. This loss prolonged Somalia’s winless run to 14 games, showcasing their struggle for steadiness.

Coach has a lot riding on Shirwa, hoping he sparks some magic and leads his squad to an unlikely victory. With Abdirizak Mohamed back from suspension, the team expects a significant lift in spirits and performance.

Botswana, dubbed the Zebras, recently tasted a slim 1-0 defeat to Uganda. Sitting fifth in the group with three points, thanks to a victory over Guinea, Coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa may tweak their offensive game plan due to a scoring lull.

This encounter marks the inaugural battle between Somalia and Botswana, injecting a dose of unpredictability. Kabelo Seakanyeng, who netted the winning goal against Guinea, will spearhead Botswana’s attack. Both teams have faced arduous roads in the group rounds—Somalia looking for a win and Botswana grappling with goals. This clash might be a game-changer for both sides.

Both squads are determined to bust their slumps and keep their World Cup aspirations kicking. Kick-off’s at 15:00 CAT.

Probable Lineups:

Somalia: Jama; Elmi, Ahmed, Suleiman, Mohamed; Shirwa, Gigli, Abdullahi; Ali, Abatari, Awad.

Botswana: Phoko; Sikele, Kopelang, Ditlhokwe, Mangolo; Mohutsiwa, Gaolaolwe; Orebonye, Baruti, Seakanyeng; Sesinyi.

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