Botswana, Zambia battle for Cosafa Cup glory

Botswana, Zambia battle for Cosafa Cup glory
Botswana players celebrates a victory during the 2019 Cosafa Cup match between South Africa and Botswana

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Jun 06, 2019. 13:15

Botswana and Zambia will battle for 2019 Cosafa Cup glory when they meet in the final at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday 8 June, kick-off at 15:00 CAT.

Botswana have been the surprise package of this year’s Southern African tournament, defeating hosts South Africa on penalties in the quarterfinal, before they got the better of Lesotho 2-1 in the semis thanks to goals from Joel Mogorosi and Segolame Boy.

This match gives the Zebras the chance to win their first Cosafa Cup. They have been in the final once before, losing 3-2 to South Africa in 2016.

Zambia, meanwhile, are chasing their sixth Cosafa title and a first since 2013. Chipolopolo, who have been runners-up to Zimbabwe in the last two editions, finally got the better of their arch rivals in the other semifinal: the game ended 0-0, but Zambia advanced 4-2 on penalties.

Earlier in the tournament, coach Aggrey Chiyangi’s men also needed penalties to overcome Malawi after the teams drew 2-2 in their quarterfinal.

Botswana and Zambia have met in nine matches since the turn of the century, with Chipolopolo claiming four wins compared to two for the Zebras.

The teams’ most recent meeting was in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Cosafa Cup, where Zambia claimed a 2-1 win in Phokeng thanks to goals from Brian Mwila and Justin Shonga. Kabelo Sekanyeng scored Botswana’s consolation.

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