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Botswana aim to finish on a high

Dipsy Selolwane
Selolwane is Botswana's most capped player

Botswana striker Dipsy Selolwane has told the BBC that the Zebras will not take their eye off the ball in their remaining 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers.

Botswana became the first team to qualify for next year's tournament after a 1-0 win in Chad on Saturday.

The diamond-rich nation had failed in eight previous attempts to qualify stretching back to 1994.

Selolwane, the country's most capped player, can hardly believe the transformation in his side's fortunes.

"Words can't describe the feeling that I have," said an elated Selolwane.

"It's amazing because finally we've got our chance to go to the Nations cup. It's special!"

The Zebras qualified for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea with two matches to spare - at home to Malawi and away to Togo.

But Selolwane does not want to see the team rest on its laurels.

"We've qualified but I think it's advisable for us to finish on a high.

"The winning spirit and winning attitude helps and we can build on that for the tournament."

Despite opening their campaign with a dramatic victory in Tunisia, Selolwane said it took some time for him to believe that the Zebras would break their Nations Cup duck.

"To be honest when we started I had no hope; it felt like another failing campaign but after the third game I had the belief that maybe this time God is with us.

"The difference is that now we have six full-time professionals playing in South Africa; in the past it was just me and a couple of other guys playing college football in the United States.

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see also
Botswana qualify for Nations Cup
26 Mar 11 |  African
Botswana on verge of history
16 Nov 10 |  African
2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
10 Apr 10 |  African

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