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Zebras cross out Harambee Stars in friendly

GABORONE, Botswana, August 11- Harambee Stars lost 1-0 to hosts Botswana on Wednesday night in an international friendly.

Stars went down to a first-half penalty converted by Moemedi Moatlhaping in the 42nd minute to extend the Zebras unbeaten run to seven games in the match played at the University of Botswana Stadium.

Botswana became the first team to qualify for next year’s Africa Nations Cup co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon and this was the reason that compelled Stars management to choose to field against the Zebras.

Botswana coach Stanley Tshosane was quoted in the Times of India saying: “I am very happy with the boys. We left four of our foreign-based players out of the side but still played well.”

Harambee Stars coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, fielded all his top guns including captain and AJ Auxerre forward, Dennis Oliech, Inter Milan midfielder, McDonald Mariga, his brother and new Celtic signing, Victor Wanyama and returning FK Moss keeper, Arnold Origi among others.

It is not clear when the side, shorn of most professionals who will link with their clubs will return, with Capital Sport learning they could be back later Thursday.

While Botswana, one of the rising teams in the continent can look ahead to a bright future, Stars must return back to the drawing board as they fight to salvage their slim qualification chances for the Nations Cup.

They host Guinea Bissau next month before travelling away to Kampala to face Group J winners-elect, Uganda in matches they must win to harbour any slight hope of making their biennial CAF showpiece.

Then in November, their winding road to Brazil 2014 World Cup starts with a group stage two-legged play-off qualifier against Seychelles where a win will see them join Nigeria, Malawi and either Namibia or Djibouti in the pool stages.

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