Bafana Bafana v Botswana: preview and where to watch

Bafana Bafana turn their attention to neighbours Botswana in their second COSAFA CUP match in Group A at the Wolfson Stadium at 3pm on Saturday.

Coach Helman Mkhalele’s charges are targeting first win in the tournament after they were held to a 1-all draw by Mozambique in the opening match.

“The most important thing we are going to focus on is to avoid conceding goals from easy situations like it happened against Mozambique. We conceded a soft goal against Mozambique, and we shouldn’t have given them that opportunity,” he said.

Mkhalele said it is importand for his team to go all the way to the final and show what they are capable of.

“It is important for us to score more goals and try to win at all costs. The tournament is becoming tight as it continues, especially when we are sitting on one point. A win will give us breathing space and the confidence to take to our final group game next week because our main target is to go through to the next stage of the tournament.”

Bafana and Zebras meet for the 13th time and for the ninth tournament in a row.

They contested the 2016 final when an Olympics-bound South African side made up of Under-23 players triumphed 3-2 in Windhoek.

With 19 meetings in all competitions, this is also the second most played fixture for Bafana Bafana in their international history, only eclipsed by their 24 meetings with Zambia.

Bafana have yet to lose outright (W14 D5), though they have suffered defeat on post-match penalties.

All games will be broadcast on SABC and SuperSport channel 202.

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