By Samuel Morewabone
Thatayaone Ditlhokwe and Segolame Boy goals gave Botswana a 2-0 win over Seychelles in the first leg of CHAN 2020 qualifier played at the Lobatse Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.
The Township Rollers duo scored in the 58th and 63rd minute of the match to put Mogomotsi Mpote’s charges at an advantage going into the second leg to be played between 10th and 11th of May in Victoria, which will see the overall winner lock horns with Angola in the next round. The home side showed enough courage and determination to break the deadlock earlier on in the game as they won three corner kicks in the first five minutes but they all bore no fruits.
Captain Joel Mogorosi nearly headed in the opener for the Zebras but his poorly connected header went over the bar in the 19th minute. Mogorosi came close again four minutes later but Seychelles goalkeeper Ian AH Kong did well to deny the Township Rollers attacker. Seychelles had their own share of attack as they won a free kick at the edge of the box in the 24th minute, only for captain Bennott Marie to shoot wide off goals.
Mascom Top 8 player of the tournament Thero Setsile also did not want to be left behind as his well curled effort in the 28th minute was powerful enough to kiss the net but AH Kong superbly parried it away for a corner. The match went into recess both teams stalemated at zero all. However, The Zebras’ opener finally came 13 minutes into the second half through defender Ditlhokwe’s goal from Gilbert Baruti’s free kick on the near left. Five minutes later, Boy added in the second one for The Zebras capitalizing on the error by the below par Seychelles rear-guard and slotted in on the near post.
Seychelles goalkeeper AH Kong stood between the Zebras and their third goal, making a triple save to deny Mogorosi, Baruti and substitute Tumisang Orebonye five minutes away from fulltime. In referee’s optional time, Mogorosi wasted a glorious chance when he headed off target Boy’s floating cross into the box to bring the game to an end at a two goal advantage for The Zebras. /KP
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