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The Zebras will have to do their best against Bafana Bafana without one of their best players, as the SuperSport United player is unavailable

Botswana have suffered a major blow ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifier against South Africa in Gaborone after Mogogi Gabonamong withdrew from the team.

Gabonamong, a long-time servant of The Zebras, cited family problems as the reason behind his decision to opt out of the match.

The SuperSport United midfielder has since written a letter to the Botswana Football Association explaining his decision.

“We have agreed that I will not be available for the game because I have to attend to family problems,” he told BBC Sport.

There have been reports in Botswana suggesting that the former Santos midfielder’s decision to turn down the call-up was down to a money dispute involving the players and association since the country, but Gabonamong would not elaborate.

“I don't want to talk about other issues. I will be there for future games, definitely,” he added.