COSAFA : Botswana through to the COSAFA semi-finals after beating Namibia on penalties
The atmosphere was electrifying in the game between hosts Namibia and Botswana, as the host were looking to defend their title
Botswana beat the host and current champions Namibia 5 -4 after the game ended 1-1
The game started with high tempo with the defending champions showing that they won’t leave anything to chance and wanted to win. It was their golden boy Peter Shalulile who was in the thick of things from the onset hoping to deliver his country like he did in 2015 in South Africa.
Yellow card for Shalulile for a rash challenge on Dambe. The Highlands Park Playoff Hero was lucky that was not a red
Mwampole Masule comes in for Dambe as he can’t recover from Shalulile dangerous challenge.
Botswana nearly took the lead after a backpass from Angula to Mbaeva almost produces a goal , after he lost footing but was quick to recover.
Shalulile should have given the host the lead in the last minutes of the first half but his attempt was cleared by easily cleared by Mafoko
The first half produced a lot of chances which both teams failed to capitalise on to take the lead as both teams went into the break locked at 0 – 0
The second half started were the first half ended with both teams searching for the opening goal.
Sam Nujoma Stadium went into a silent shock on the 50th Minute when Dacosta Angula scored an own goal 1-0 Botswana
The hosts started finding their rhythm throwing everything at Botswana with Shalulile proofing to be a thorn in their defence, but lack of composure and way wide shooting let them down
Joel Mogorosi the former Bloemfontein Celtic player came on for Makgantai
Namibia got a life line with 7 minutes remaining, Somaeb levels from the spot for Namibia and Botswana coach Peter Butler is sent to the stands for his protests, 1-1 the score
Namibia carried on throwing everything at Botswana searching for the second goal to win the game but it wasn’t meant to be.
Lamontville Golden Arrows winger Deon Hotto missed Namibia last penalty and after all other nine were converted.
They will face either DR Congo or Mozambique in the semi-finals on Wednesday, with the other semi seeing South Africa take on either Zambia or Swaziland.
Botswana XI: Kabelo Dambe, Tapiwe Gadibolae, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thato Kebue, Onkabetse Makgantai, Lesego Galenamotlhale, Lemponye Tshireletso, Boitumelo Mafoko, Thabang Sesinyi, Lebogang Disele, Lesenya Ramoraka.
Subs: Keolopile Molemi, Tebogho Sodome, Kabelo Seakanyeng, Omaathla Kebatho, Hendrick Moyo, Lemogang Maswena, Mwampole Masule, Joel Mogorosi, Olekantse Mambo
Namibia XI: Maximillian Mbaeva, Denzil Haoseb, Ananias Gebhardt, Ferdinand Karongee, Deon Hotto, Benson Shilongo, Wangu Gome, Ronald Ketjijere, Peter Shalulile, Larry Horaeb.
Subs: Hendrick Somaeb, Dynamo Fredricks, Absalom Iimbondi, Xamseb Oswaldo, Terdius Uiseb, Charles Uirab, Itamunua Keimuine, Teberdius Lombard, Edmund Kambanda
Match officials – Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia); Asst. 1: Zakhele Siwela (South Africa); Asst. 2: Salani Ncube (Zimbabwe)