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

2017-07-16 01:05:26 GMT2017-07-16 09:05:26(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

GABORONE. July 15 (Xinhua) -- The Zebras of Botswana suffered ahumiliating defeat at the hands of the visiting "Bafana Bafana"South Africa, falling 2-0 at home in a 2018 African NationsChampionship (CHAN) qualifier on Saturday July 15.

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

The home side started the game like a house of fire - hoping torevenge a 2-0 defeat the hosts suffered in the visitors' backyard acouple of weeks ago during the Confederation of Southern AfricanFootball Association (Cosafa) Cup 5-8th place playoffs.

An opener could have come as early as the sixth minute for theZebras but a poor clearance from Marion Booysen was not capitalizedon by Tumisang Orebonye, who shot wide much to the relief of theyoung Bafana goalkeeper, Boalefa Pule.

Pule was called into action a few minutes later after the Bafanadefense was stretched from a quick counter with Handrick Moyofinding himself one on one with young keeper, who did well to comeoff his line and make the save.

In the 10th minute, the visiting side slowly started gettinginto their traditional passing game with Mothobi Mvala and TebohoMokoena controlling and pulling the strings in the middle of thepark.

However, the hosts went for a deep slumber soon after thequarter hour mark. On the other hand, South Africa was employing acautious approach to the game and launched some counterattacks hereand there.

And the visitors' counterattacks paid off in the 27th minutewhen Ryan Moon negotiated his way past two opposing defenders toscore the opener.

South Africa's joy was almost cut short just a few minutes laterwhen Siyabonga Nhlapo gave away possession in a dangerous area forThero Setsile to take a shot but found Pule on high alert.

Coming into the second half, Botswana kept pressing hard insearch of the equalizer. A dangerous free kick floated into thedanger area found the head of Simisani Mathumo, who almost caughtPule off guard but he failed to direct his effort on target.

Despite sending more numbers forward, Botswana were unable tobreak the stubborn South Africa defense. South Africa eventuallydoubled the lead in the 72th minute when Gift Motupa directed aSibusiso Khumalo cross into an open net.