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COSAFA Cup: Kenya 1 Botswana 2

11 July 2013 18:40

Kenya crashed out of the COSAFA Cup following a thrilling 2-1 defeat to Botswana on Thursday.

Lesotho's 2-0 victory in the other Group B fixture means they progress to the quarter-final stage, where they will face Angola.

Lemponye Tshireletso's free-kick opened the scoring in the first-half for Botswana, before a frantic ending first saw Edwin Olerile's own goal level the score in the 87th minute before Jerome Ramatlhakwane's stole the win for Botswana deep into injury time.

With both teams having played just two days earlier there could have been an excuse for fatigue, but Botswana showed no such signs as they took the lead in just the 15th minute.

A sublime free-kick from midfielder Tshireletso left Fredrick Onyango in the Kenya goal stranded and gave his side hope of a place in the last eight.

An end-to-end match saw both sides carve out plenty of chances, but a lack of finishing finesse kept the scoreline down until a frantic final few minutes.

Olerile drove a back-pass towards goalkeeper Noah Maposa but he had changed position, the mix-up left him no time to race back for the ball as it crossed the line to level the scores.

But there was still time for more late drama as, five minutes into injury time, Topo Piet's cross was met by the head of Ramatlhakwana to snatch three points.

The win leaves Botswana on five points, but Lesotho will take the spot by virtue of their goal difference being one better.

Lesotho's spot in the last eight was confirmed thanks to first-half goals from Phillip Letsie and Tsepo Seturumane against bottom-of-the-group Swaziland.

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