Botswana secure Cosafa Castle Cup semi-final place

May 21, 2006

GABORONE, May 21 (Reuters) - Botswana upset South Africa with a penalty shootout victory to book a place in the final four of the Cosafa Castle Cup in Gaborone on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Modiri Marumo saved from South Africa defender Siboniso Gaxa to ensure a 6-5 triumph in their Group B final after the match had ended 0-0.

It is the first time that Botswana have reached the final four of the annual southern African championship.

Marumo proved the hero for his country with key saves in the game as Botswana stacked their defence and kept an inexperienced South Africa side at bay.

South Africa were denied an early lead when striker Alton Meiring struck the upright with a curling free kick.

The defeat for South Africa continues a dismal run of form in the competition for the top ranked nation in the region. They have only won the trophy once in its 10-year existence.

Botswana join Angola and holders Zimbabwe in the semi-final in August. The last place in the final four will be determined in July when Namibia host the Group C tournament at which Malawi, the Seychelles and Zambia will also compete.