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BOTSWANA SNATCHES A PRICELESS 1-1 DRAW IN MALAWI

Botswana held off a late surge of attack to come away with an impressive 1-1 draw in Blantyre against Malawi on Wednesday.

The result means that Botswana have now consolidated their lead at the top of Group K and still lead the standings with seven points from three matches and will now prepare for their next fixture against Togo on September 5 with more confidence.

Zebras striker Jerome Ramatlhakwane broke the ice in the second half to silence the packed Kamuzu Stadium with a scorcher to give the visitors a surprise lead. 

But the home side fought back gallantly and leveled through Frank Banda and much as the Malawian Flames tried to snatch victory, Botswana stood firm to walk away with a priceless point.

Chad will later host Tunisia in the other group game whiles Togo takes a rest in the competition to play Saudi Arabia in a friendly.

 

 

NIGERIA FORTUNES CONTINUE TO DECLINE….. SUFFER A 2-1 DEFEAT IN KOREA FRIENDLY

The Super Eagles of Nigeria suffered another disappointing defeat against South Korea in an international friendly at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on Wednesday.

Goals from 20 year old Yoon Bitgaram and a first international strike from Choi Hyo-jin ensured victory for the Koreans especially as both sides played a 2-2 drawn game in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa barely a month ago.

Yoon was one of four players to make his South Korean debut under new coach Cho Kwang-rae and justified his inclusion when flicking the ball past a defender and smashing in a shot from just inside the area.

Peter Odemwingie headed an equaliser for Nigeria shortly after but four minutes before the break, Manchester United star Park Ji-sung slipped the ball through for Choi to fire the winning goal.

The result further is set to further aggravate the badly damaged confidence in the Super Eagles setup after their first round elimination at the World Cup.

It also does no good to the credentials of Augustine Eguavoen who was hoping to make a strong claim to the vacant coaching post after the departure of Swede Lars Largerback by recording an impressive victory, but was never to be.