Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
After failing to find the net in previous four games in all competitions, Botswana will be looking to give fans something to cheer about when they face Zimbabwe at National Sports Stadium in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The Zebras aim to regain a much-needed confidence, but they are seen as underdogs in Friday’s football game. Botswana have been struggling in front of goal in 2019, which is probably the main reason why away win should not be considered.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, are on a three-game winning run at home ground, with the team scoring exactly three goals in each of their previous three home matches. A man to watch in the home team will be Kaizer Chiefs attacker Khama Billiat, who is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. In their last meeting in a competitive match Zimbabwe defeated Botswana on penalties, and we are tempted to put our money on the hosts once again.
Highlighted Player (Marvelous Nakamba):
Born on January 19, 1994 in Hwange, Marvelous Nakamba is a Zimbabwe international who plays for Club Brugge in the Belgian Jupiler League. Nakamba started his youth career at Highlanders and he made his senior debut with Bantu Rovers.
The Zimbabwe footballer played for Nancy before joining Vitesse in 2014. After scoring two goals in 67 appearances for the Dutch outfit in the league the central midfielder signed a four-year deal with Club Brugge in June, 2017 for a fee of £4 million. Nakamba made his Club Brugge debut in the league in July, 2017 in a 4-0 win over Sporting Lokeren.
Speaking of his international career, Marvelous Nakamba represented Zimbabwe in the under-20 level and he made his debut with the main squad in June, 2015 against Malawi. His main position is central midfield, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well. Nakamba’s preferred foot is left.
Highlighted Team (Zimbabwe):
The Zimbabwe national team were known as the Southern Rhodesia national team from 1939 t0 1964 and they played under the name of Rhodesia until 1980. They became Zimbabwe in 1980 and they played their first World Cup qualifying game against Cameroon, losing 2-1.
The Warriors have yet to qualify for the World Cup finals, but it has to be noted that they qualified for the 2017 African Cup of Nations. Zimbabwe faced the likes of Swaziland, Guinea and Malawi in Group L and they clinched top position in their qualifying group, three points clear of second-placed Swaziland. The Warriors play their home games in yellow shirts and yellow shorts, while the colour of their away kit is green.
National Sports Stadium is considered Zimbabwe’s home stadium and the capacity of the venue is 60,000. The team recorded their biggest win on 26 August, 1990 as they rolled over Botswana 7-0 in Gaborone.