Mosha Gaolaolwe of Botswana challenged by Gift Motupa of South Africa during the 2016 Cosafa Cup Final match between South Africa and Botswana at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek Namibia on 25 June, 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Monday May 28, 2018. 12:06
Angola will want to down Bostwana in their opening Group B match of the 2018 COSAFA Cup in Polokwane on Monday evening.
The Palancas Negras will be chasing their first three points in the group at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium with the match set to kick-off at 17h00 (CAT).
On the other hand, they will be hoping to avenge the defeat suffered in a friendly back in 2016 when they last met the Zebras.
Botswana won the clash 3-0 which was staged to celebrate the Botswana Independence Day.
However, ahead of this match the Angolans were in action against South Africa and Zimbabwe in friendlies this year.
They bagged a 4-2 win over the Warriors on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Four Nations tournament in Zambia, but lost to Bafana Bafana 5-3 in a penalty shootout in March.
For Botswana, they beat Lesotho 1-0 and secured a win over Zimbabwe with the same scoreline back in March and April this year.
Skipper Alphonse Modisaotsile remains confident of doing well in the tournament.
However, he has warned his teammates about the danger the group stages can pose and he wants them to take the Zebras seriously.
“It is important to grind the results and win your group because in the knockout phase anything can happen,” said the skipper.
A win for either side will see them moving to three points in the group after the opening games in the group.