Soccer commentators have said the Zebras stand a chance to sail through.
Zambia and Angola, who have four points each, are about to qualify for the quarter-finals as they both need draws in their remaining group matches.
ZambiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Chipolopolo face co-hosts Equatorial Guinea on Saturday in another contest that is expected to be so fiery and passionate whereas Angola face Gabon.
Flames legend Ernest Ã¢â‚¬ËœWireÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Mtawali said on Friday that the Zebras, who were in the same group with the Flames during the showcaseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s qualifiers, should not be counted out yet.
“If they can raise their tempo against Guinea, then they stand a chance to win and it will be good for southern Africa,” said Mtawali who is in Gabon on a scouting mission for his South African team Mamelodi Sundowns.
Flames coach Kinnah Phiri said although Guinea are a tough team, BotswanaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s secret weapon lies in their never-say-die spirit.
“If they can start from where they stopped against Ghana, then they should stand a chance to win although it wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be easy because Guinea are also a tough side,” Kinnah said.
Botswana coach Stanley Tshosane said a win this evening will put them in a good stead to advance to the quarter-finals.
“This is going to be a deciding game and is very important for us. It is a must-win game,” Tshosane told Botswana press.
Local soccer agent Kondi Msungama also said ZebrasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ approach will be vital in determining their destiny.
“They need to start at full-throttle and take the game to the Guineans because once they allow their opponents to settle down and score first, then it will be very difficult.
“But I am certain that we will have at least two southern Africa teams qualifying for the quarter-finals,” Msungama said.