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The 16-year-old midfielder says the Black Starlets have been over hyped and would have wished they had met them in the same group

Botswana’s national Under-17 midfielder Emmanuel Kabelano Mooketsane has stated that his side is not afraid of Ghana and the so called big guns after the draw for the Africa U17 tournament in Egypt on Sunday.

“Ghana is a hyped team,” Mooketsane told Ghana. “I saw them play in South Africa; they are not up to where people are putting them.”

“Personally, I was praying that we should be drawn in the same group with Ghana as I have noticed some loopholes in the team which I will exploit.”

“We can beat any team and we will surely qualify for the Under-17 world cup in UAE,” he added.

Hosts Morocco were drawn in Group A where they will take on Gabon, Tunisia and Botswana. The Black Starlets have been paired with Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Congo.

Mooketsane, 16, who plays for Gaborone Football Academy was a revelation in the heart of midfield as the South African minnows beat Algeria to qualify.

The midfield anchor who idolised Michael Essien also hinted that he will prove to the whole Africa that he is the next Essien.