Basetsana thump Botswana in intense heat


Basetsana goals in the first leg of the World Cup qualifier came from Kaylin Swart, Mosili Makhaoli, and a Shiwe Nogwana hat-trick.

Basetsana were dealt a major blow after losing key players Robyn Moodaly and Alice Khosa before the break to injuries.

And it was the home side that took the lead when Refiloe Tholokele took full advantage of the disorganised South African defence to fire a shot that got deflected off a Basetsana player into goal.

However, the visitors equalised when they were awarded a penalty and captain Kaylin Swart made no mistake from the spot.

Basetsana came back from the break looking a stronger side and got in front through a goal by enterprising Mosili Makhoali.

It then became the Shiwe Nogwana show as she scored a second-half hat-trick that took the fighting out of the home side.

Basetsana coach Sheryl Botes said she was excited by the win, adding she was looking beyond the second leg against Botswana in a fortnight’s time.

“It was an all-round performance by the girls and we hope to finish the job when Botswana visit us for the second leg,” Botes says.