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Botswana win inaugural President Independence Cup

Picture by Nelson Chekera

An ensemble of locally based Warriors fell 1 nil to a Kobamelo Kebaikanye goal in the inaugural President Independence Cup match played at the National Sports Stadium as part of Independence Day celebrations on 18 April.

The Warriors started the match well, enjoying a lion’s share of possession and creating a few scoring opportunities without converting.

The hosts’ best opportunity fell to Raphael Manuvire who failed to tap in a low cross from Leeroy Mavunga.

Thereafter, Botswana grew in the game and they were soon ahead when Kebaikanye stole a loose ball from Zimbabwe’s backline, against the run of play.

Zimbabwe never looked like scoring from the time they went down, and Donovan Bernard was alert on several occasions to keep the score line at 0-1.

Sunday Chidzambga made changes in the second half but the team still failed to create clear scoring opportunities.

Botswana dominated the second half except for a few minutes at the end of the match when the Warriors were spurred by the crowd during a sustained spell of pressure which ended without the equaliser.

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