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Botswana beaten by South Africa at
home in CHAN qualifiers’ first leg  

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.

Botswana were stunned by South Africa’s either half goals at the Francistown Sports Complex, some 430km northeast of the capital, Gaborone.

The home 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.

An opener 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 Pule.

Pule was 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.

However, the 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.

And the visitors’ counterattacks paid off in the 27th minute when Ryan Moon negotiated his way past two opposing defenders to score the opener.

South 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.

Coming into 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.

Despite 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 net.

             

 

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