South Africa may have dropped out of the main COSAFA Castle Cup competition, but there is still silverware on offer for the side as they enter the Plate semifinals at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday.
Bafana Bafana were edged 1-0 by Tanzania in their Cup quarterfinal on Sunday, but all is not lost for Stuart Baxter’s side as they now face Botswana in what is a classic Southern African clash in the Plate competition.
Botswana are seeking their first ever outright victory over South Africa, and also revenge for their 3-2 Cup loss in the final last year in Namibia.
Fans are urged to show their support at the Moruleng Stadium, with kick-off at 17h00.
South Africa and Botswana have met on 10 previous occasions in all competition, with Bafana Bafana claiming victory in six of those and the other four ending in draws. Post-match penalties do not count towards the final result.
South Africa have selected an exciting squad of young players for the COSAFA Castle Cup this year, who will be eager to prove their worth at this level.
The match will be followed by the second Plate semifinal between Namibia and Swaziland at the same venue from 19h30.
Namibia won the Plate competition on home soil last year, and join Mozambique (2013) and Malawi (2015) as teams to have lifted the trophy.
Tickets for both matches can be purchased at all Shoprite/Checkers outlets, or online at www.computicket.com. Cost is R20 for two games.