COSAFA COSAFA CUP: Botswana Denies South Africa First Victory

South Africa drew another match in the 2024 Cosafa Cup after being held scoreless by Botswana on Saturday afternoon at the Wolfson Stadium.

After being held 1-1 by Mozambique in their opener three days ago, Bafana Bafana would have hoped to win their opening game and seize control of Group A, but they found the Zebras to be a resilient and determined opponent.

This result, combined with Eswatini and Mozambique’s 0-0 stalemate earlier in the day, left all four Group A teams on two points.

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South Africa dominated possession early on, but Botswana’s first major shot at goal came in the 10th minute, when Olebogeng Ramotse’s free kick went barely over the crossbar.

Just after the hour mark, replacement Gape Thibedi fired wide from a loose ball on the edge of the box, and seconds after, Botswana broke through their opponent’s defence to put Tlamelo Kolagano through on goal, but he was stopped by a smothering save from Mondli Mpoto.

Bafana’s most dangerous moment of the second half came in the 86th minute, when Asenele Velebayi whipped in a wonderful cross from the left to attempt to find Thabang Sibanyoni, causing panic in the Botswana defenders and skewing off a defender to go just wide of the target.

Botswana will face Mozambique at the Wolfson Stadium, while South Africa will face Eswatini at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

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