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South Africa and Botswana lock horns for the COSAFA Cup Plate title

South Africa and Botswana lock horns for the COSAFA Cup Plate title
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

Friday Jun 08, 2018. 09:37

South Africa will be targeting a win when they meet Botswana in the 2018 COSAFA Cup Plate Final on Friday afternoon.

The hosts will hope to get their second win in this year’s regional tournament following a disappointing start against Madagascar.

Coach Stuart Baxter’s men lost 4-3 to the Malagasy on penalties after a goalless draw in regulation time last Sunday.

However, the four time regional champions went on to beat Namibia 4-1 in the Plate quarter-final on Tuesday evening.

Heading to this clash, the hosts will be hoping to lift the Plate final and ensure they end their disappointing run in this year’s edition.

“We want everybody to have played if we can. The young ones that we think need that international experience, we will give them that,” said the coach.

“That is why I put Lyle [Foster] on for the final 10 minutes because I think he needed that.

“You want to win the game, it’s a final, but you certainly want to make sure you stay true to yourself because otherwise you will keep bouncing backwards and forwards and never get the experience for the players that need it.

“This camp is not about allowing people one game and them throwing them on the scrap heap. It is about learning lessons and gaining experience.”

Under the guidance of coach Major David Bright, Botswana started on a high beating Angola 2-1 in Group B and bagged a draw against Malawi before thumping Mauritius 6-0.

They topped the group with seven points and reached the quarter-final, but they lost 3-1 to defending champions, Zimbabwe on penalties following a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Having met eight times in the past, Bafana enjoy six wins over Botswana whilst two ended in draws.

The New Peter Mokaba Stadium is the venue for the clash at 17:00 (CAT) on Friday.

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