David Bright, Botswana Under-23 coach, has described as a blessing in disguise the fact that their domestic league games were not shown on South African television.
The young Zebras take on South Africa in an All Africa Games qualifier at Olen Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday night, starting at 8.30.
"We are lucky because we know the South Africans, I even watched them on television when they played against Uganda last Saturday," said Bright.
"We watch South African games on a regular basis, we have been in camp and we have a clear picture of what to expect on Sunday. Your Under-23s are not a bad side, there are some pretty good players with lots of potential, guided by Steve Komphela.
"It is a bit dangerous when you don't know your opposition. Even in the army, you must know your opposition," said the retired army major.
Bright, who is reportedly on the wanted list in Namibia and Lesotho, said he was focused on helping Botswana qualify for their first All Africa Games.
Botswana are also on track to qualify for the Beijing Olympics as they have reached the group stages, just like South Africa, after bundling out Tunisia.
"I do not have a contract with the Botswana Football Association, I'm just helping out. I have assembled a bunch of hungry players," said Bright.
"Our aim is to score as many goals as possible on Sunday without conceding. We were lucky to play away in the first leg.
"We also want to qualify for the Olympics too," added Bright.