Botswana bagged three consecutive wins after overcoming Angola 1-0 to cement top spot in Group A in the Hollywoodbets Cosafa Cup at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.
The win grants the Zebras a last four ticket where they will face yet another Southern African nation in the form of Zambia on Tuesday.
A penalty in the closing periods of the overall tie were all it took to separate the two sides as goalkeeper Phoko Goitseone stepped to the fore and converted the 12-yards set-play to hand the Zebras victory.
Lesotho missed out on qualification to the quarter-finals following a 2-0 loss to Eswatini in a Group B clash at the King Zwelithini Stadium.
Early goals from Sandile Gamedze and Sabelo Ndzinisa helped Sihlangu Semnikati to the win as Likoena who finished with ten players following Kopano Tseka’s dismissal didn’t staged a comeback.
Therefore, a last eight meeting with the tournament visitors Senegal which is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon awaits the Swati nation.
A stubborn Comoros Island managed to get the better of Seychelles as goals either half secured a 2-1 victory in a derby of the two Island nations.
Both these outfits headed into the clash with two losses, and the Comoros cracked the opener in the opening few minutes with help from Abdallah Sadad’s smart finish.
Then, a penalty towards the final stages to halftime by Ryan Henriette put The Pirates back on equal footing until Ali Mze restored matters late on and steered the Comoros to three points.
Malawi finished off their campaign on a winning note through a pretty comfortable 2-0 victory over Mauritius out at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
The Flames were on the back of a loss and draw from their opening two group matches, while the Islanders carried successive defeats into this particular assignment.
However, a finish earlier in the second period from Stanley Sanudi and another strike seconds to fulltime from Mician Mhone pushed the Flames from Blantyre over the line.