Botswana women's national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) (Female) The Zebras
Association Botswana Football Association
Sub-confederation COSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Mmoloki Masole
Captain Bonang Otlhagile[1]
Home stadium Botswana National Stadium
FIFA ranking 141 Decrease 4 (10 July 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 92 (December 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 144 (December 2007)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 South Africa 14–0 Botswana 
(Harare, Zimbabwe; April 19, 2002)
Biggest win
 Swaziland 0–3 Botswana 
(Manzini, Swaziland; January 7, 2014)
Biggest defeat
 South Africa 14–0 Botswana 
(Harare, Zimbabwe; April 19, 2002)

The Botswana women's national football team nicknamed 'The Zebras' (Female) is the women's national football team of the Botswana and is controlled by the Botswana Football Association. It has never qualified for a major tournament.

Botswana played in the qualification for the 2002 African Championship, but lost in their first game. After this, they also took part in the qualification for the 2008 African Championship, where they played two matches and lost both to Namibia at the end of 2007. Botswana did not play again until the qualification for the 2010 Championship, where they lost both matches, this time against Democratic Republic of the Congo. For these games, Botswana named an entirely U20 national team.[2] They have also played games since they were eliminated from qualification.


Botswana played their first match in Harare, Zimbabwe on April 19, 2002 against South Africa in a series of friendlies. They lost 14–0. After this match they lost 3–0 against Swaziland and 7–1 against Mozambique, in where they scored their first goal.

Botswana's first major competition was in the 2008 African Women's Championship, in where after 5 years they played an international match, this time against Namibia. Zebras lost both legs by 3–0 and 6–1.

Botswana had played with Zambia on 4 May 2008 and lost 4–2.

With a U20 team, Zebras played 2010 African Women's Championship qualifiers against Congo DR and again lost both legs, this time by 2–0 and 5–2 and did not qualify for either the 2010 African Women's Championship and the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

A series of friendlies occurred on October 2010, against Zambia on 2 and 23 October, lost 1–4 and 1–2 respectively; against Tanzania on 25 October and 26 October, lost 2–3 and draw 1–1. In the next year, March 2011, they again played against Namibia and lost 1–0.

In 2011, one of the two friendlies in April and May with South Africa marked their first victory, by 1–0. The other match was lost 4–0. In August, they played against Tanzania on 2 August, losing 3–1; South Africa on August 3, losing 4–0 and against Zambia, also losing, 4–1.

They entered the 2012 African Women's Championship qualifiers and played against Zimbabwe, and was eliminated by an aggregate score of 3–1, due to losing the two legs by 1–0 and 2–1. Last friendlies in 2012 include two losses against South Africa (3–0) and Zimbabwe (5–0).

Before the 2014 African Women's Championship qualifiers, the team played the first 2014 matches, against Swaziland on 7 and 8 January and won for the second and third time, by 3–0 and 3–1. The first leg of the qualifiers for the African Championship started in 14 February with a loss against Zimbabwe 1–0 and the second leg was played on 2 March, with another loss, by 2–1, Botswana ended eliminated from the African Championship and the World Cup. In June 7 of the same year, they played against South Africa, losing 4–0.

Competition Records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011 Did Not Qualify
Canada 2015
Total 0/7 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

African Championship record[edit]

African Women's Championship
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
1991 Did Not Enter
Nigeria 1998
South Africa 2000
Nigeria 2002
South Africa 2004
Nigeria 2006
Equatorial Guinea 2008 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2010
Equatorial Guinea 2012
Namibia 2014
Cameroon 2016 To Be Determined
Total 0/12 - - - - - -

Olympics record[edit]

Summer Olympics
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
United States 1996 Did Not Enter
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2016 To Be Determined
Total 0/6 0 0 0 0 0 0

All-Africa Games record[edit]

All-Africa Games
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
Nigeria 2003 Did Not Enter
Algeria 2007
Mozambique 2011 Did Not Qualify
Republic of the Congo 2015 To Be Determined
Total 0/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Schedule and recent matches[edit]


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