COSAFA CUP: Botswana (5) 0-0 (4) DR Congo - AS IT HAPPENED

COSAFA CUP: Botswana (5) 0-0 (4) DR Congo - AS IT HAPPENED
Bodrick Muselenge of DR Congo challenges Onkabetse Makgantai of Botswana during the 2016 Cosafa Cup Semifinal match between Botswana and DR Congo at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek Namibia on 22 June, 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Wednesday Jun 22, 2016. 22:48

Good evening and welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our live coverage of the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup semifinal clash between Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo from the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.

Botswana: Mwampelo Masule, Tapiwa Gadibolae, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thato Kebue, Kabelo Seakanyeng (Joel Mogorosi 71'), Onkabetse Makgantai (Omaatla Kebatho 73'), Lemponye Tshireletso, Boitumelo Mafoko, Thabang Sesinyi (Tebogo Sosome 87'), Lebogang Disele, Lesenya Ramoraka

DR Congo: Herve Lomboto, Lomalisa Mutambala, Bompunga Botuli, Nelson Omba(Junior Baometo 67'), Doxa Gikanji (Lobi Manzoki 73'), Lema Mabidi, Bodrick Muselenge, Mukoko Batezadio (Mombo Lusala 83'), Sedrick Ngulubi, Guy Basisila, Bangala Litombo

As it happened: 

Botswana will play neighbours South Africa in the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup final following 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Botswana - Mogorosi - SCORES (4-5)  THE ZEBRAS WIN! 

DR Congo: Baometo - SCORES (4-4)

Botswana: Sosome - SCORES (3-4)

DR Congo: Ngulubi - SCORES (3-3)

Botswana: Kebue - SCORES (2-3)

DR Congo: Basisila - MISS (2-2)

Botswana: Gaolaolwe - SCORES (2-2)

DR Congo: Botuli - SCORES (2-1)

Botswana: Mafoko - SCORES (1-1)

DR Congo: Mabidi - SCORES (1-0)

- Penalties will decide this one. DRC to take the first spot-kick

90+3' - Full-Time: Botswana 0-0 DRC

90' - Three minutes added.

90' - GREAT SAVE MASULE! Masule with a top save to keep the game at 0-0

80' - Into the final 10 minutes of the clash. Botswana have created the best chances of the match, but have failed to hit the back of the net. DRC have bossed possession, but have not been dangerous in the final third. Penalties to decide this one it seems...

75' - POST! CLEARED OFF THE LINE! What do Botswana have to do as Sesinyi's header canon's off the crossbar before the follow up attempt is cleared off the line. Unbelievable. Still goalless.

70' - Mogorosi comes, can he make the difference?

64' - Heart in mouth stuff for Lomboto who is also caught in possession, but he escapes...just.

61' - GOAL BOTSWANA! NO! OFFSIDE...good call by the assistant referee.

57' - Yellow card - Mafoko

55' - CHANCE! - Ball played into a dangerous area, but Batezadio is unable to guide the ball into the back of the net.

50' - POST! Seakanyeng's free-kick attempt canon's off the crossbar! so close...I think Lomboto might have helped it onto the bar, in that case top save by the DRC goal-minder.

46' - Second-half has kicked off

- Botswana should be a goal up. Could live to rue several missed opportunities against the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) champions.

46+2' - Half-Time: Botswana 0-0 DR Congo

45' - One minute added.

45' - Seakanyeng surges forward before directing a shot at goal, but Lomboto is up to the task.

39' - ANOTHER CHANCE! Sesinyi directs his chip-shot wide of goal, few golden opportunities gone a begging for the Zebras.

38' - Lomboto off his line in a flash to clear from danger with Botswana looking to hit DRC on the counter.

33' - Great movement by Sesinyi who gets in behind the DR Congo defence, but he is unable to hit the target with his resulting shot.

26' - SAVE! Unbelievable save by Lomboto to deny Tshireletso from point-blank range. That really should be 1-0 to Botswana...

25' - CHANCE! Ball falls to Sesinyi in the area, but he is unable to hit the target with what is a poor attempt.

20' - Shot! Basisila ghosts into the area before guiding his left-footed shot narrowly wide of goal.

15' - Just a reminder that DR Congo are this year's guest nation at was is essentially a tournament reserved for Southern African nations. In fact, whoever wins tonight will book their place in what will be their first ever Cosafa Cup final.

10' - DR Congo have bossed possession in the early exchanges of the clash, but have yet to test the burly Masule in goal.

4' - Free-kick for DR Congo. Mabidi takes it, but his attempt was always flying over.

2' - Botswana in black attacking the goal to the right in the first half, DR Congo in their traditional blue and red strip.

1' - Kick-off

Botswana: Mwampelo Masule, Tapiwa Gadibolae, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thato Kebue, Kabelo Seakanyeng, Onkabetse Makgantai, Lemponye Tshireletso, Boitumelo Mafoko, Thabang Sesinyi, Lebogang Disele, Lesenya Ramoraka

DR Congo: Herve Lomboto, Lomalisa Mutambala, Bompunga Botuli, Nelson Omba, Doxa Gikanji, Lema Mabidi, Bodrick Muselenge, Mukoko Batezadio, Sedrick Ngulubi, Guy Basisila, Bangala Litombo

- The winner will face South Africa in the final on Saturday. Bafana Bafana beat Swaziland 5-1 in the first semifinal.



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