Botswana conceded in stoppage time to play to a 1-1 draw at home against Congo on Saturday. The Congolese cancelled a first-half goal by Thabang Khuduga, courtesy of Jean Louamba who headed home during the period of added time to deny Young Zebras a vital win.
In the earlier phases of the game, Botswana absorbed the pressure well. Botswana didn't have much to do defensively because the Congolese kept possession in their own half most of the time. In the 17th minute, Congo initiated an attack that was well dealt with by Botswana goalkeeper Lesang Senne. Senne quickly released the ball to Baokeditse Talane who was close to the centre line. Talane quickly released a through ball to Khuduga who didn't waste time and gave Botswana the lead.
The visitors then resorted to keeping possession while Botswana was happy to sit back. Their good chance came just before half-time when Louamba's shot was saved by Senne.
Young Zebras vice Captain Bose Ramontsho believes if Congo could manage a goal away they can also do the same to ensure they can progress. Bose says his team is also capable of coming up with a fight to get the needed result highlighting that they will go to Congo knowing that they need nothing less than a win.
The second leg will be played in Congo on Sunday 20th May. The winner will book a place in the final qualification round.