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Matchworn Jerome Ramatlhakwana 19.01.11 BOT đŸ‡§đŸ‡Œ : SWE 🇾đŸ‡Ș 1-2

Manufacturer: All Kasi

Source: Collector

 

African teams like to suggest their strength through their animalistic nicknames: “The Indomitable Lions” of Cameroon, “The Leopards” of the DR Congo or “The Super Eagles” of Nigeria. Other teams such as Angola or Niger focus more on speed by taking their nicknames from various antelope species.

And then there are the nations that have borrowed their nicknames from the petting zoo: “The Squirrels” of Benin or, indeed, “The Zebras” of Botswana.

 

Even if zebras are not necessarily suitable for terrifying opponents, they still provide a good basis for great jersey designs!

After Botswana received most of their jerseys from Puma, they switched to local manufacturer "All Kasi" in 2010, who prominently incorporated Botswana’s heraldic animal into their jerseys.

This is also the case with Botswana's 2010 home jersey, where the left side of the shirt bears the eye-catching pattern of the African wild horse, while the rest is in the light blue national color.

In addition to the national crest, the jersey also features a second crest, which has changed over the years. While some jerseys are adorned with the national flag of Botswana, my jersey features an unimpressed looking zebra.

 

This fantastic jersey was worn by Botswana's record goalscorer Jerome Ramatlhakwana during a friendly match in South Africa against Sweden, which the Bastwana lost 1-2. After the game, the jersey was swapped with Swedish defender Michael AlmebÀck, from whose collection my jersey ultimately came.

Having been after this design for several years, I am overjoyed to finally be able to add it to my collection.


Jerome Ramatlhakwana wearing my shirt against Sweden
COA from Michael AlmebÀck whop swapped the shirt after the game

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