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SA look to continue dominance over Botswana

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SA look to continue dominance over Botswana

Lesego Galenamotlhale of Botswana challenged by Mohau Mokate of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Botswana and South Africa at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 22, 2017. 11:00


South Africa will play host to Botswana in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.

The Southern Zone second-leg match will take place at the Moruleng Stadium in North West Province of South Africa.

Bafana Bafana recorded a 2-0 victory over Botswana in the first-leg clash at the Francistown Sports Complex in Francistown last weekend.

Ryan Moon opened the scoring for South Africa in the first-half, before Gift Motupa sealed the visitors’ victory in the second-half.

South Africa will be eager to complete a double over Botswana in front oftheir supporters in Moruleng.

The Zebras of Botswana have never qualified for the CHAN finals, while South Africa participated in the 2011 and 2014 finals.

The winner on aggregate between South Africa and Botswana will face off with either Swaziland and Zambia in the second round.

Zambia are leading 4-0 on aggregate after hammering Swaziland in the first-leg encounter in Lobamba last weekend.

Referee João Goma, who hails from Angola, will be in charge of the match between South Africa and Botswana.

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Plate Final: SA face rejuvenated Namibia in plate final

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Plate Final: SA face rejuvenated Namibia in plate final

Ndunduzo Sibiya of South Africa challenged by Lemponye Tshireletso of Botswana during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Botswana and South Africa at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 19:00


Tanzania will face off with Lesotho in the 2017 COSAFA Cup third-place play-off at the Moruleng Stadium in Moruleng on Friday.

Kick-off is at 19h30 CAT.

The Taifa Stars were beaten 4-2 by Zambia in the semi-final encounter which was played at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday.

Salum Mayanga, the Tanzania head coach, will be looking to mastermind a victory over Lesotho in order to secure a third place finish in the tournament.

Erasto Nyoni, who hit the back of the net for the Taifa Stars against Zambia, is one of Tanzania’s dangermen and he will be keen to inspire his side to victory.

Meanwhile, Lesotho were narrowly defeated 4-3 by Zimbabwe in the semi-final clash which was played at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday.

Likuena head coach Moses Maliehe will be hoping to ensure that his side end their 2017 COSAFA Cup campaign on a winning note and finish fifth in the competition.

Mabuti Potloane, who was on the scoresheet against Zimbabwe, will be eager to score and help Likuena overcome Tanzania.

Tanzania and Lesotho met in the 2015 COSAFA Cup in Moruleng. Likuena overcame the Taifa Stars 1-0 a Group B match.

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I want to play for SA in the World Cup, says Bvuma – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 15:00


Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma .

The 22-year-old shot-stopper, who was nurtured in the Chiefs academy, broke into the Amakhosi first team and he made his debut against Cape Town City during the 2016/17 campaign.

Bvuma made his debut for South Africa’s senior national team, Bafana Bafana as they beat Botswana 2-0 in the 2017 COSAFA Cup plate semi-final match at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday.

“I was inspired by Itumeleng Khune when I saw him play in the World Cup‚” Bvuma told The Sowetan.

“Seeing him inspired me to say that one day‚ I want to see myself playing for my country and play in big tournaments. That’s when I started to take football seriously in 2010.

Bvuma and Khune, 30, could both be part of the Chiefs squad that will take part in the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup semi-final match in Orkney, South Africa on 15 July.

“I worked hard to be just like him and now he is my teammate and I am also in the national team setup,” he continued.

“We share jokes together and he helps me in terms of goalkeeping and everything in my life.

“He guides me. I can call him anytime if I have a problem and he is always willing to help.”

Chiefs will take on Botswana side Township Rollers in a semi-final clash at the James Motlatsi Stadium. Kick-off is at 12h00 CAT.

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