GABORONE, (Xinhua) --
The Zebras of Botswana suffered a
humiliating defeat at the hands of the visiting “Bafana
Bafana” South Africa, falling 2-0 at home in a 2018
African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on
Saturday July 15.
stunned by South Africa’s either half goals at the
Francistown Sports Complex, some 430km northeast of the
side started the game like a house of fire - hoping to
revenge a 2-0 defeat the hosts suffered in the visitors’
backyard a couple of weeks ago during the Confederation
of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) Cup
5-8th place playoffs.
could have come as early as the sixth minute for the
Zebras but a poor clearance from Marion Booysen was not
capitalized on by Tumisang Orebonye, who shot wide much
to the relief of the young Bafana goalkeeper, Boalefa
called into action a few minutes later after the Bafana
defense was stretched from a quick counter with Handrick
Moyo finding himself one on one with young keeper, who
did well to come off his line and make the save.
In the 10th
minute, the visiting side slowly started getting into
their traditional passing game with Mothobi Mvala and
Teboho Mokoena controlling and pulling the strings in
the middle of the park.
hosts went for a deep slumber soon after the quarter
hour mark. On the other hand, South Africa was employing
a cautious approach to the game and launched some
counterattacks here and there.
visitors’ counterattacks paid off in the 27th
minute when Ryan Moon negotiated his way past two
opposing defenders to score the opener.
Africa’s joy was almost cut short just a few minutes
later when Siyabonga Nhlapo gave away possession in a
dangerous area for Thero Setsile to take a shot but
found Pule on high alert.
the second half, Botswana kept pressing hard in search
of the equalizer. A dangerous free kick floated into the
danger area found the head of Simisani Mathumo, who
almost caught Pule off guard but he failed to direct his
effort on target.
sending more numbers forward, Botswana were unable to
break the stubborn South Africa defense. South Africa
eventually doubled the lead in the 72th minute when Gift
Motupa directed a Sibusiso Khumalo cross into an open