Botswana out to grab first leg advantage

Botswana out to grab first leg advantage
Thabo Cele of South Africa challenged by Tumisang Orebonye of Botswana during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Botswana and South Africa at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 14, 2017. 13:30

Botswana will take on South Africa in the 2018 African Nations Championship qualifier Southern Zone first-leg match at the Francistown on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15h30 CAT.

The Zebras have never qualified for the CHAN finals and the Southern African side will be keen to make history by booking their place in the 2018 finals.

Botswana participated in the recent 2017 COSAFA Cup in South Africa were they lost to Zambia and South Africa.

Newly appointed Zebras head coach David Bright will be looking to mastermind a home victory over South Africa.

Meanwhile, South Africa have participated in two CHAN finals (in 2011 and 2014). Their best finish was when they were knocked out of the quarterfinals in 2011.

Bafana Bafana hosted the recent 2017 COSAFA Cup and they finished fifth after beating Namibia in the plate final.

Stuart Baxter, the Bafana coach, will hoping to mastermind another victory over the Zebras in Botswana ahead of the second-leg clash.

The winner on aggregate between Botswana and South Africa will take on either Swaziland or Zambia in the final round of the qualifying campaign.

Refreee Willengton Kaoma, who hails from Zambia, will be in charge of the encounter between Botswana and South Africa in Francistown.

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