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Botswana through to meet Zimbabwe

Steve Vickers
BBC Sport, Zimbabwe

The logo of the Cosafa Senior Challenge
Hosts Zimbabwe are into the last eight of the Cosafa Senior Challenge

Botswana are through to the quarter-finals of the Cosafa Senior Challenge, after beating Seychelles 2-0 in Bulawayo on Thursday.

They will now go through to play the hosts Zimbabwe in the knock-out phase.

Botswana top Group B with seven points from their three games, ahead of Swaziland on six points and Comoros with four.

Swaziland briefly gave themselves hope by beating the Indian Ocean islanders 3-0 earlier in the day, but Botswana's win took them clear at the top.

Zimbabwe's Warriors beat Mauritius 3-0 in their opening game, but were then held to a 2-2 draw by Lesotho.

Lesotho faced Mauritius on Wednesday in Harare knowing that victory by a four-goal margin would put them through at Zimbabwe's expense, but they fell short with a 1-0 victory.

A large crowd of Zimbabwe fans watched the game and cheered on Mauritius, and there were huge celebrations when the final whistle blew as the Warriors advanced on goal difference.

While the matches involving Zimbabwe have attracted good crowds, the attendance for other games was so poor that schoolchildren were allowed in for free for Wednesday's Group B matches to boost the numbers.

The region's top-ranked sides have byes to the quarter finals, with games on Sunday between Malawi and Mozambique and Namibia Zambia.

On Monday South Africa play Angola and Zimbabwe meet Botswana.

The competition is used by most of the participating teams as a developmental tool, with Angola using their under-20 side and South Africa fielding an under-23 team.



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