MATCH CENTRE

THU 28 MAY 2015, 19:30, MORULENG STADIUM

1
VS
2

Mambas dash Botswana’s dreams

by Staff Reporter

Thu May 28, 21:28

Botswana’s dreams of a maiden Cosafa Cup final appearance were dashed on Thursday night when they lost 2-1 to Mozambique in the second semifinal at Moruleng Stadium.

A last-minute goal by Mambas substitute Luis Parkim proved decisive when the teams were locked at 1-1 after earlier strikes from Isac Decarvalho and Omaatla Kebatho. Mozambique will now face Namibia in the tournament final on Saturday afternoon.

Mozambique created the first opening of the game in the 10th minute, with Isac Decarvalho sprinting free of the defence down the right flank, but his pull-back from the by-line was behind Alberto Diogo in the danger area.

Botswana responded with the first shot on target, arriving five minutes later. The skilful Segolame Boy made space on the edge of the penalty area and got a snap shot away, but goalkeeper Cesar Machava dived low to his left to make a fine save.

Botswana goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe was almost caught out by a free kick from wide on Mozambique’s right flank by Diogo in the 18th minute, while Isac sent a left-footed curler just wide of the target at the midway point of the first half.

Chances were harder to come by in the remainder of the first 45 minutes, though Mozambique almost broke the deadlock just before the break. Diogo turned Luis Miquissone’s low cross on target, but Dambe made a superb save to tip the ball over the crossbar.

The second half’s first highlight was an ambitious overhead kick from Botswana striker Omaatla Kebatho, while Botswana had a couple of heart-in-mouth moments in defence as the Mambas began to turn up the heat in attack.

In the 65th minute Mozambique claimed the lead, with the diminutive attacker Isac Decarvalho getting in between two big Zebras defenders to score with a glancing header at the near post from a corner kick.

The Zebras equalised in the 78th minute. A shot from a free kick was spilled by Machava, the ball was recycled into the box and Kebatho fired home a low, left-footed shot to make it 1-1 and seemingly put his side back in with a chance of qualifying for the final.

However, Botswana’s dreams were dashed in the final minute of regulation time when a floated cross from the left flank by Isac allowed Luis Parkim to sneak in ahead of a ball-watching Katlego Koobake and chest home the winner.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
SEMI FINALS MORULENG STADIUM
BOTSWANA GOALS MOZAMBIQUE GOALS
Omaatla Kebatho (78') Isac (65')
Luis Melville Parkim (89')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
BOTSWANA STARTING LINEUP MOZAMBIQUE STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
0
0
Defender
0
Defender
45 + 2'
0
Midfielder
53'
0
Midfielder
84'
0
Midfielder
62'
0
Midfielder
54'
0
Midfielder
78'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
67'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
65'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
65'
0
Forward/Striker
78'
0
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Joel Mogorosi
Midfielder
53'
0
Luis Melville Parkim
Forward/Striker
62'
0
Hendrick Moyo
Defender
65'
35
Ussama Nancuta Mutumane
Midfielder
78'
0
CARDS
Mpho Kgaswane
Midfielder
54'
0
Edmilson Gabriel Dove
Defender
45 + 2'
0
Katlego Koobake
Midfielder
84'
0
Luis Jose Miquissone
Midfielder
67'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
COMMENTS
Sign in with:  
Sign in to comment