Botswana to battle Lesotho for final spot

Botswana to battle Lesotho for final spot
Botswana players celebrates a victory during the 2019 Cosafa Cup match between South Africa and Botswana

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Jun 02, 2019. 18:14

Botswana beat South Africa 5-4 on penalties at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the semifinals of the 2019 Cosafa Cup.

The game was deadlocked at 2-2 after regulation time.

Bafana Bafana raced into a two-goal lead in the KwaZulu-Natal province thanks to goals from Luther Singh and Grant Margeman before the half-hour mark.

Singh showed great composure after beating the offside the trap; the forward took his time after running onto Teboho Mokoena's precise pass, picking his spot before curling the ball home in the 19th minute.

Margeman doubled South Africa's lead nine minutes later with a crisp strike from the edge of the area to give the hosts a two goal advantage at the break.

Botswana emerged from the tunnel a determined outfit and duly pulled a goal back through Lebogang Ditsele in the 61st minute. The midfielder nodding home from a corner-kick.

Thatayaone Ditlhokwe completed the comeback with the final touch of the game, with a carbon copy of Ditsele's goal moments earlier.

Following eight successful penalties in the ensuing shoot-out, Teboho Mokoena was denied by the Zebras goalkeeper before Mothusi Johnson struck home the winner from the spot to set up a semifinal clash against Lesotho.

South Africa (2) 2 (Singh 19' Margeman 28')

Botswana (0) 2 (Ditsele 61' Ditlhokwe 90+3')

Botswana won 5-4 on penalties.

South Africa: Pieterse; Frosler (Mukumela 68'), Mthethwa, Malepe, Mohamme, Mokoena, Dlala, Margeman, Mahlatsi, Jordan (Lepasa 58'), Singh (Mbule 86').

Botswana: Morake; Leinanyane, Thulare (Cooper 79'), Ditlhokwe, Johnson, Ditsele, Gaolaolwe, Boy, Baruti (Mabaya 53'), Setsile, Mogorosi (Orebonye 79').

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