In a surprise twist of events today, former 2010 World Cup icon, Bokumi (formerly known as Zakumi), confirmed that he has thrown his substantial weight behind Botswana's Zebras in tonight's Group D opening match at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON). In an exclusive interview with Thoughts from Botswana, Bokumi said, "The Zebras have what it takes to bring the Black Stars of Ghana to their knees."
This will be the Zebra's debut at AFCON having been the first team on the continent to qualify for the tournament and recently voted Africa's Team of the Year. Despite this, "misguided" ( Bokumi's words) commentators have dismissed the team as inconsequential to the results of the tournament.
Pundits have the Ghanaian team as favourites in the match but this does not deter Bokumi. "Who ever thought a yellow and green lion with , frankly, a pretty creepy grin, would have been chosen to be the mascot for a massive event like the World Cup? Underdogs, you need to keep your eye on them. They're slippery and they've got a point to prove."
Though famous prophets like TB Joshua have shied away from making predictions for tonight's match, Bokumi is willing to put his money where his mouth is. "2-1 in favour of Botswana."