Cosmos, Birds cross the border

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A rather depleted Cosmos will get the action underway at 19h00 against a local side Extension Gunners before Swallows square up with the hosts Mochudi Centre Chiefs.

The winners will then meet in the final on Saturday after the battle for third place between the previous night’s losers.

Both South African teams are using the tournament to counter the effects of the long break enforced by the Nations Cup.

KickOff.com caught up with Cosmos’ assistant coach Collen Tlemo this morning and he disclosed that Ezenkosi had a number of players sidelined.

“We are travelling with all our available players, including Sibusiso Hadebe who will join the Under-23 camp when we return. However, several of our players are injured and have stayed behind,” says Tlemo.

Among the injured crew at Ezenkosi is their influential skipper Valery Nahayo, star midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane, midfield workhorse Sam Magalefa and giant defender Thapelo Tshilo.

Swallows also left this morning by road and coach Ian Gorowa has travelled with a full compliment.

The Birds’ players have been going through a mini pre-season regime since they returned to training as Gorowa and his assistant Innocent Mayoyo have put their focus on fitness.

Swallows are expected to give their new signings Maimane Phiri and Siphesihle Ngobese game time in Botswana.

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