South Africa Vs Botswana Starting Lineup, Match Preview & Predictions

South Africa will face Botswana at the COSAFA Cup on June 29, kicking off at 15:00 SA local time.

South Africa and Botswana last met a year ago in the COSAFA Cup, where South Africa secured a 2-1 victory. Coming off a draw against Mozambique last Wednesday, South Africa has extended their unbeaten streak to six matches. However, they have been conceding goals in five consecutive games, so addressing defensive issues will be crucial to return to winning ways.

Botswana enters the match after a draw against Eswatini last Wednesday, extending their unbeaten streak to two matches.


Possible Starting Lineup for South Africa vs. Botswana

South Africa

    1. Ronwen Williams
    2. Thapelo Morena
    3. Siyanda Xulu
    4. Mothobi Mvala
    5. Innocent Maela
    6. Teboho Mokoena
    7. Themba Zwane
    8. Thulani Serero
    9. Percy Tau
    10. Lyle Foster
    11. Keagan Dolly


    1. Goitseone Phoko
    2. Mosha Gaolaolwe
    3. Simisane Mathumo
    4. Kabelo Seakanyeng
    5. Lesego Lubinda
    6. Mothusi Cooper
    7. Lebogang Ditsele
    8. Mogakolodi Ngele
    9. Tumisang Orebonye
    10. Thero Setsile
    11. Onkabetse Makgantai


South Africa Vs Botswana Head-to-Head Analysis

South Africa and Botswana have met six times since June 2018. South Africa has won five of these encounters, with one match ending in a draw. In total, South Africa has scored 11 goals against Botswana, who have scored four. Overall, South Africa holds a superior head-to-head record.

Date Competition Result
Jul 8, 2023 COSAFA Cup South Africa 2 – 1 Botswana
Sep 27, 2022 Friendly South Africa 1 – 0 Botswana
Jul 17, 2022 COSAFA Cup (5-8 place) South Africa 2 – 1 Botswana
Jul 6, 2021 COSAFA Cup South Africa 1 – 0 Botswana
Jun 2, 2019 COSAFA Cup (Play Offs) South Africa 2 – 2 Botswana
Jun 8, 2018 COSAFA Cup (Play Offs) South Africa 3 – 0 Botswana

In the current COSAFA Cup season, South Africa has played one match, drawing it 1-1, scoring one goal and conceding one. Botswana has also drawn their only match, scoring no goals and conceding none.


South Africa Vs Botswana Recent Form Analysis

South Africa recently drew with Mozambique, while Botswana drew with Eswatini. In their last 20 matches, South Africa has won 7, lost 3, and drawn 10. Botswana, in their last 19 matches, has won 5, lost 7, and drawn 7.

South Africa’s Recent Matches:

  • Won: 3-1 against Zimbabwe (June 11), 0-0 against DR Congo (February 10)
  • Draws: 1-1 against Mozambique (June 26), 1-1 against Nigeria (June 7), 3-3 against Algeria (March 27), 1-1 against Andorra (March 22)

Botswana’s Recent Matches:

  • Won: 1-3 against Somalia (June 10)
  • Lost: 1-0 against Uganda (June 7)
  • Draws: 0-0 against Eswatini (June 26), 0-0 against Burundi (March 25), 0-0 against Rwanda (March 22), 1-1 against Mozambique (January 8)


Key Players Ahead of the Match: South Africa Vs. Botswana

South Africa

  • Percy Tau: Known for his agility and goal-scoring ability, Tau is a vital asset in South Africa’s attack. His experience in international competitions adds depth to the squad.
  • Themba Zwane: A creative midfielder with excellent vision and passing skills, Zwane plays a crucial role in linking defense and attack.
  • Ronwen Williams: As the goalkeeper, Williams provides stability at the back with his shot-stopping skills and leadership.


  • Mogakolodi Ngele: An experienced forward, Ngele is pivotal for Botswana’s offensive play. His ability to find spaces and finish chances makes him a constant threat.
  • Thabang Sesinyi: A dynamic midfielder who can contribute both defensively and offensively, Sesinyi’s versatility is key for Botswana’s strategy.
  • Kabelo Seakanyeng: Known for his speed and dribbling, Seakanyeng can break through defenses and create opportunities from the wings.

These players will be instrumental in determining the outcome of the match, each bringing unique strengths to their respective teams.


Betting Tips Ahead of the Match: South Africa Vs. Botswana

  1. South Africa to Win
    • Given their recent form and head-to-head advantage, South Africa is favored to win.
  2. Under 2.5 Goals
    • Both teams have shown defensive strengths in recent matches, suggesting a low-scoring game.
  3. Both Teams to Score: No
    • With South Africa’s strong defense and Botswana’s struggles in front of goal, this bet could offer good value.
  4. Draw at Halftime
    • Both teams might start cautiously, leading to a level scoreline at halftime.
  5. Exact Score 1-0 to South Africa
    • Considering the tight defenses, predicting a narrow win for South Africa could be a strategic choice.

Factors to Consider

  • Recent Form: South Africa’s unbeaten streak gives them confidence.
  • Head-to-Head Record: South Africa has a superior record against Botswana.
  • Defense: Both teams have been defensively solid, contributing to the likelihood of fewer goals.

Always bet responsibly and consider the latest team news before placing any wagers.


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