Botswana & Mauritius to battle for quarter-final spot

Botswana & Mauritius to battle for quarter-final spot
Kabelo Seakanyeng of Botswana

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 01, 2018. 14:00

Botswana will lock horns with Mauritius in their final 2018 COSAFA Cup Group B at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa on Friday.

Kick-off is at 17h30 CAT.

The Zebras are heading into this encounter having drawn 1-1 with Malawi in a game which was played at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday.

The draw took Botswana to the top of the Group B standings with four points from two matches. They are a point behind second-placed Mauritius.

Botswana opened their group stage campaign with a surprise 2-1 win over Angola on Monday and they look set to reach the knockout stages of the tournament.

Kabelo Seakanyeng, who scored against Angola and Mauritius, is the Zebras’ key player and he will look to inspire his side to victory against Mauritius.

A victory for Botswana on Friday will see Major David Bright’s side advance to the quarter-finals of the regional tournament which is played annually.

The Zebras have never won the COSAFA Cup before, but they reached the final in 2016. They beat defeated by South Africa in an enthralling final.

Meanwhile, Mauritius are coming off a 1-0 defeat to Angola in a game which was played at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday.

The defeat left Mauritius placed second on the Group B standings with three points from two games. They are a point behind leaders Botswana.

The Dodos started the prestigious tournament with a shock 1-0 victory over Malawi and they have a chance of advancing to the last eight.

Damien Balissona, who hit the back of the net against Malawi, will be looking to score again and help Mauritius secure their second win in the competition.

The Dodos will book their place in the quarter-finals if they overcome Botswana’s Zebras, who are the favorites to advance to the last eight.

Mauritius are still seeking to get past the quarter-final stage of the competition. In 2001, they lost 1-0 to Angola in the quarter-finals.

Their hopes were then dashed in the last eight when they went down 3-1 to a much-fancied side Zambia in 2004.

The winner of Group B will take on Zimbabwe in a quarter-final clash on Sunday.




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