Bafana Bafana started well against Botswana in the first half and went into halftime with a 2-0 advantage. The goals came for Luther Singh and Grant Margeman.
Bafana did have plenty of other opportunities in the first half however failed to hit the back of the net as they seem indecisive in the final third of the pitch.
The second half came and like the saying goes “it was a tale of two halves.” Bafana back of and sat deep. They gave up the ball position that was in their favour in the first half.
Because they were under pressure Bafana eventually conceded two goals from corners. This showed their vulnerability in set-piece defending.
First goal for Botswana was from Lebogang Ditsele. Second goal was from Thatayaone Ditlhokwe who scored in the last minute of the game to send the match into a penalty shootout.
Botswana would go on to win the penalty shootout 5-4.
Coach David Notoane said this after the game “It was a game of two halves. We expected the situation that came up. As I mentioned, the situation of the match conditioning. Later in the game they overloaded the midfield and gave us problems, pushing us further and further back. Our boys couldn’t keep up with the tempo. As I mentioned, they play a high-tempo game, But all in all, I think it’s good experience for the boys, a good lesson. Of course we are disappointed. I said to them we will only lose from two situations; set plays and not taking our chances.”
“Of course, the penalty is a lottery. But in terms of stretching and pushing Botswana, we can say we are proud of the boys. They put everything out there. Congratulations to Botswana. Of course, they came a little bit more physically prepared than us.”
Botswana will now face Zambia in the 2019 COSAFA Cup semi-finals.
Also read: Bafana Bafana squad to face Libya