Botswana - South Africa Preview: The Zebras clash with neighbours Bafana in World Cup qualifying
Bafana Bafana have lost coach Pitso Mosimane, and they will be looking to find their balance in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers
By Peter Pedroncelli
Olerile, Ohilwe, Letsholathebe, Ncenga
Mogorosi, Nato, Mafoko
Motlhatego, Tshireletso, Ramatlhakwane
Gaxa, Gould, Khumalo, Masenamela
Tshabalala, Pienaar, Khuboni, Mahlangu
South Africa travel to Botswana in what will be their second qualifier on the road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Saturday afternoon, with both sides desperate to come out of the clash with a positive result following a disappointing start to the qualification phase.
South Africa’s 1-1 home draw against Ethiopia on the first day of 2014 World Cup qualifying was nothing short of disastrous for Bafana Bafana. The indisputably terrible result on Sunday cost coach Pitso Mosimane his job and assistant Steve Komphela now steps into the limelight in a caretaker role ahead of the announcement of a new man in charge. Things could have been worse on the day, as it took the 2010 World Cup hosts until the 77th minute to level through Katlego Mphela.
Needless to say, much more is expected from the South Africans who so far have failed to build on their respectable showing on the world stage two years ago. Now they must travel to Gaborone to face an equally desperate Botswana side this weekend. The Zebras disappointed in a similar fashion this past weekend, losing 2-0 away to the Central African Republic in what was the C.A.R's first ever World Cup qualifier victory.
South Africa will be without defender Tshepo Masilela following a knee injury sustained against Ethiopia, while Siyabonga Sangweni is also unavailable through injury. Thulani Serero returns to the team after missing the match against the east Africans following the death of his father.
Botswana will take on Bafana without SuperSport's Mogogi Gabonamong, who withdrew from the team citing family problems as the reason behind his decision to opt out of the match.With Ethiopia and C.A.R taking up the other spots in Group A, this encounter becomes an important launchpad from which the winner can begin to make their comeback following a poor start to the campaign.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- South Africa were not present at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tournament after they failed to qualify.
- Bafana will be the home team when the country hosts the 2013 Afcon in January next year, and they are expected to take part in a number of friendly international matches as a result of their open calendar in order to prepare for the tournament on home soil.
- South Africa have qualified for the World Cup on three occasions. Twice through the qualifiers (1998, 2002) and once as hosts (2010).
- Botswana are known as the Zebras, and they are South Africa's neighbours to the north.
- The Zebras were the first team to qualify for the 2012 Afcon, and it was also their first ever qualification for a major tournament.
- Botswana and South Africa are members of Cosafa, the Council for Southern Africa Football Associations.
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Top 3 Predictions
Botswana 1-0 South Africa
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Botswana 0-2 South Africa
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Botswana 2-1 South Africa
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|Jul 11, 2013||Kenya 1 - Botswana 2||CSC|
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|Jul 7, 2013||Botswana 0 - Swaziland 0||CSC|
|8||Phenyo David Mongala||Midfielder|
|16||Itumeleng Isaac Khune||Goalkeeper|
|8||Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala||Midfielder|
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|-||Siboniso Pa Gaxa|
|-||Lebohang Lefalamang Mokoena|
|-||May Siphiwe Mahlangu|
|-||Tokelo Anthony Rantie||Striker|