It is getting hot for Bafana! Cosafa Cup hosts frustrated by Botswana

South Africa once again failed to capitalise on the home-ground advantage on Saturday in the Cosafa Cup, eventually sharing spoils with Botswana.

Having drawn 1-1 on matchday one at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, the fans anticipated a better outing this weekend at Wolfson Stadium.

The first half had limited chances with Thabang Matuludi, and Malebogo Modise coming close for the tournament hosts, while Olebogeng Ramotse threatened in favour of the Zebras, but neither team managed to hit the back of the net.

Even after the pause, it seemed a cautious approach had been employed by both South Africa and Botswana.

In the 63rd minute, the Zebras almost scored when Tlamelo Kolagano was slipped into the danger zone, but goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto reacted fastest to ensure he kept his team in the game at that critical time.

Bafana Bafana ended the match strongly, but the final product was missing from the blunt attackers.


Mozambique and Eswatini shoot blanks

In an earlier game at the same venue, Mozambique and Eswatini also failed to cancel each other out after playing to a 0-0 draw.

Os Mambas skipper Dario Chongai tried to pull strings from his position but his teammates let him down with their struggles in the final third.

It happened to be a fair result for either team ahead of matchday three, where each team has a chance of advancing. 

Mozambique and South Africa take the first two positions thanks to their goal-scoring draw in their opening fixture, as Eswatini and Botswana continue with their search for a goal in the ongoing edition.

On Sunday, Group B leaders take on Comoros – the East Africans are made up of the U23 players. In their first game, they shocked defending champions Zambia with a 2-0 victory.

The second game will be between Chipolopolo and Zimbabwe. The latter laboured to a 1-0 win over Comoros in their last outing.

It is getting hot for Bafana! Cosafa Cup hosts frustrated by Botswana
Willis Sob

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