Botswana out to surprise Zambia

Botswana out to surprise Zambia
Onkabetse Makgantai of Botswana andAbdoul Bocar Ba of Mauritania during the game between Botswana and Mauritania on 10 June 2017 at Francistown Stadium,Botswana ©/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 01, 2017. 10:30

Botswana will face off with Zambia in the 2017 COSAFA Cup quarter-final match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.

The Zebras' best achievement in the COSAFA Cup was when they reached last year's final where they narrowly lost to South Africa in Windhoek, Namibia.

Following the departure of English tactician Peter Butler, Botswana have appointed local tactician Oris Boyo Radipotsane as the caretaker coach.

The Zebras' key players at this year's COSAFA Cup are Onkabetse Makgantai and Thabang Sesinyi. The former won last year's Player of the Tournament award.

Meanwhile, Zambia are one of the most decorated nations in the history of the COSAFA Cup having won four titles (in 1997, 1998, 2006 and 2013).

Chipolopolo are currently under the guidance of coach Wedson Nyirenda, who will be looking to guide his nation to their first COSAFA Cup trophy since 2013.

The player to watch out for in the Zambia squad is Salulani Phiri. The attacking midfielder is on the books of South African club Polokwane City.

The winner between Botswana and Zambia will face South Africa or Tanzania in the semi-final clash next week Wednesday.

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