Botswana's Mogorosi to miss Nations Cup with broken arm

By Mtokozisi DubeBBC Sport, Gaborone
Joel Mogorosi (right)
Winger Joel Mogorosi (right) broke his arm in training on Wednesday

Africa Cup of Nations debutants Botswana have suffered yet another blow after winger Joel Mogorosi was ruled out of the finals.

Mogorosi fractured his lower left arm during training on Wednesday evening in Douala, Cameroon, where the team is presently on a 10-day training camp.

Botswana's FA plans to call up Township Rollers midfielder Abednico Powell.

"Joel has been ruled out of the tournament because of the injury," said BFA media officer Sakaeyo Jani.

"He broke the bone between his elbow and wrist," Jani told BBC Sport.

Zebras coach Stanley Tshosane already has to do without his most capped player Diphetogo 'Dipsy' Selolwane, who will miss the opening Group D game against Ghana on Tuesday owing to suspension.

Selolwane picked up yellow cards during the last two qualifiers against Malawi and Togo, but Tshosane is remaining positive despite the setbacks.

"I spoke to Dipsy and he has accepted that he will miss the Ghana game and we are happy because we got to know while there is still time to make changes," Tshosane said.

Tshosane's side has been boosted by the return of defender Mompathi Thuma, who missed the team's December training camp due to a hamstring injury.

Thuma played the full game when Zebras drew 1-1 with Cameroon's elite league runners up, Les Astres FC, in a practice match on Tuesday.

The Zebras leave Douala on Saturday for Gabon and the former army major, Tshosane, has declared that his troops are ready to do battle in Gabon.

"I'm happy with the preparations we have done - I believe we are ready for the Nations Cup," he said.

"We are the least experienced side in our group, but we have done our homework and I can assure Batswana that we will not just add numbers at the Nations Cup."

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