BOTSWANA NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM
FIFA RANKING: 146
Botswana Football Association (BFA)
Botswana National Stadium, Gaborone
MOST CAPPED PLAYER:-
Mompati Thuma (84 caps)
Jerome Ramatlhakwane (24 goals)
Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, Gape Gagoangwe, Kelapile Ndlovu, Mbatshi Elias, Fortunate Thulare
Dipitse (The Zebras)
AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS (AFCON):-
Best Result: Group stage (2012)
The Botswana national football team represents Botswana in international football. It is governed by the Botswana Football Association (BFA), which is an affiliate of FIFA and CAF.
BFA was founded in 1966 and gained CAF and FIFA affiliation in 1976 and 1978, respectively.
Botswana is a part of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) and was 1 of the 10 founding members of the association in 1997.
The Zebras have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and only managed to qualify for the AFCON in 2012 where they could not make it through to the knockout rounds.
The BFA is in charge of the national football leagues in the country, which include the Botswana Premier League and First Division (North and South).
FOOTBALL IN BOTSWANA
Football is the top sport in Botswana without a doubt.
There are over 350 football clubs registered under the BFA in the country.
The Zebras’ biggest rivals are Namibia when it comes to sport given the geographic location of the 2 countries.
The nation has 2 main leagues. The Botswana Premier League is the top division of football in the country followed by the 2nd division, which is divided into 2 – Botswana First Division North and Botswana First Division South.
BETTING IN BOTSWANA
IS ONLINE GAMBLING LEGAL IN BOTSWANA?
Online gambling is unregulated in Botswana but online sports betting is regulated by the Gambling Act 2012 so the short answer is, yes, it is legal to bet on sports online in the country.
IS IT SAFE TO BET ONLINE IN BOTSWANA?
Yes, the official body for regulating the gambling sector in Botswana is the Gambling Authority. The Gambling Authority is responsible for overseeing the work of the gambling sector in the country as well as for granting licenses to sportsbook operators. According to Botswana gambling laws minors, under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
HOW DO DEPOSITS AND WITHDRAWALS WORK IN BOTSWANA FOR ONLINE BETTING?
Players are free to use all available payment methods in the country since there are no restrictions in place. There are also a few local payment methods like Airtel or M-Pesa available on some platforms. Skrill and Neteller are available too, offering fast withdrawals and keeping your data private, safe and secure.
IS MOBILE BETTING AVAILABLE IN BOTSWANA?
Yes, mobile betting is available in Botswana. Although there are Botswana-based sportsbooks, people can use international online sports betting platforms to place bets and that too, free of tax.
WHICH ARE THE POPULAR SPORTS FOR BETTING IN BOTSWANA?
Football is the most popular sport that is bet on in Botswana.
ARE WINNINGS FROM BETTING TAXABLE?
No, all winnings are tax-free for punters in Botswana.
IS THE SPORTS BETTING MARKET FAIRLY REGULATED IN BOTSWANA?
The Gambling Authority has been making a lot of progress towards regulating and safeguarding Botswana’s betting market. However, using international bookmakers is the safest option if betting in the country for now.