Hosts Botswana were held to a 1-1 draw by Malawi in their Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games Group A clash at the National Stadium on Friday.
Midfielder Atlang Busang put Botswana ahead inside three minutes in what was the perfect start for the side, but Malawi hit back shortly afterwards.
Malawi’s Chimwembe Bonongwe has a reputation for her long-range strikes and she struck a brilliant free-kick that proved unstoppable to level the scores.
Botswana camped in the Malawi half for much of the match but could not pick apart their defence and had to report to long-range shots that provided no joy.
Meanwhile, Botswana and Namibia shared spoils in the Boys Under-17 competition as their Group A match at the University of Botswana Stadium ended goalless.
The first half was played in excessive heat and that meant there were few scoring opportunities created by either side.
The game became a stop-start affair in the second half with numerous stoppages for injuries and the teams had to settle for a point each.
Botswana coach Teboho Mokute admitted after the game his team had taken a cautious approach as they were playing one of Africa’s powerhouses and believes the heat also played a role in the performances of both teams.—Cosafa website