Bafana’s Botswana Blunder

Botswana has booked its place in the 2015 Cosafa Cup semi-finals after handing South Africa a 7-6 penalty shootout defeat at the Moruleng Stadium on Sunday evening.  The host nation dominated the opening stages of the encounter, pressing the Zebras and forcing goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe into a fine save in the 10th minute as he punched away Carl Lark’s powerful shot from the right.  Bafana Bafana should have taken the lead on the stroke of half-time after some good work by winger Thapelo Morena on the left.

However new SuperSport United striker Phumelele Bhengu missed the target from close range.  Shakes Mashaba’s men continued to dominate after the break but their neighbours refused to budge.  The best chance of the second-half fell to Lark.

AmaZulu full-back Marc Van Heerden did well to work a cross into the Botswana box but it was headed wide by his teammate Lark.  Peter Butler’s boys managed to contain Bafana until the match referee blew the final whistle for full-time and the encounter headed for penalty shoot-out.  Botswana won 7-6 on penalties after Kwanda Mngonyama missed the decisive spot-kick and sent the hosts packing and Butler’s boys into the semi-finals.

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