Final spot at stake as Botswana face DRC

Final spot at stake as Botswana face DRC
Onkabetse Makgantai of Botswana fouled by Denzil Haoseb of Namibia during the 2016 Cosafa Cup Quarterfinals match between Botswana and Namibia at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek Namibia on 18 June, 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Wednesday Jun 22, 2016. 08:57

Botswana will look to overcome Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup semi-final clash at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 19h30.

The Zebras of Botswana reached the semi-finals after beating defending champions Namibia 5-4 on penalties in Windhoek last weekend.

Tournament hosts Namibia had been held to a 1-1 draw by Botswana in regulation time with Hendrick Somaeb and Dacosta Angula (own-goal) netting.

The Zebras also participated in last year's semi-finals in North West, South Africa, but they were defeated 2-1 by Mozambique.

Peter Butler's side will look to their pacey young forward Onkabetse Makgantai against DRC as the Zebras look to book their place in final.

British coach Butler is hoping to guide Botswana to their maiden COSAFA Cup title this year.

Meanwhile. DRC will be gunning for Botswana's scalp when the two nations lock horns on Wednesday evening.

The Leopards of Congo reached the semi-finals after edging out Mozambique 1-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium last weekend.

Nelson Munganga Omba's 37th minute header from a great cross was enough to hand the Central African nation the victory.

DRC, who are the reigning African Championship of Nations (CHAN) champions, were invited to the regional tournament and they accepted the invitation.

One of Florent Ibenge's dangermen is Lema Chikito Mabidi who currently plies his trade in Morocco for Raja Club Casablanca.

The winner between Botswana and DRC on Wednesday will take on Swaziland or South Africa in the final on Saturday.

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