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Lesotho win while Angola and Mozambique draw in Durban

Angola and Mozambique played to a 1-1 draw in the battle of the Lusophone nations in their Group C clash at the 2023 Hollywoodbets Cosafa Cup at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Friday.

Angola looked set to join pool leaders Lesotho on three points after they took an early lead, but The Mambas struck back with some late venom in the feisty tussle in Durban. 

The opening goal of the game was scored by Benarfa after only three minutes. He finished off a wonderful team move as Angola picked apart the Mozambique defence and the forward buried his shot with his left foot. 

It looked as though that would be enough for the win, but Mozambique equalised when Angola goalkeeper Nsesani failed to hold on to a rasping shot and Dayo Antonio had a simple finish from close range. 

Lesotho got their Group C campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-0  victory over Mauritius as striker Motebang Sera extended his Likuena record for Cosafa Cup goals.

They took the lead on 15 minutes when Neo Mokhachane was played through on goal by Cosafa Cup veteran Jane Thaba-Ntso and as the Mauritius goalkeeper rushed off his line, provided a neat finish.

That was the way it stayed until into injury-time at the end of the game when Sera raced through on goal and showed excellent strength and composure to make it 2-0 and seal the three points. 

It takes his tally of goals in the regional competition to seven, just two behind all-time leading scorer Felix Badenhorst from Eswatini.
We will return to Group A action on Saturday and a massive clash between South Africa and Botswana at the King Zwelithini Stadium at 15h00 CAT.

Botswana won their opener against Eswatini while Bafana Bafana were held to a 1-1 draw by Namibia. That means another victory for The Zebras could effectively knock the hosts out of the competition.
This is the most played fixture in the Cosafa Cup with no two teams meeting more than the 11 clashes between the sides. Quite remarkably, they have faced each other every year since 2015! 

South Africa have yet to be beaten outright (W7 D4), but they did lose on penalties in 2006 and 2019. Last year the teams met in the Plate final and Bafana won 2-1. Bafana are also unbeaten in 18 meetings in all competitions (W13 D5). 

Namibia and Eswatini will seek to get their first wins of the competition in the second game of the day that kicks-off at 18h00 CAT. 

Both likely need a win to keep their semifinals hopes alive and will be going all out for victory. –