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All set for Cosafa Cup draw

Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Castle Cup draw is scheduled for today in South Africa, ahead of next month’s kickoff of the premier regional football showpiece in Limpopo Province.

Cosafa Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Suzgo Nyirenda, said national teams in the region, including Comoros Islands who have been missing the competition, have confirmed their participation in the 14-member event.

“In this case, we will not have any guest teams but the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia were on stand-by. We are set for the draw. We visited Polokwane, where the tournament will be staged and we are impressed,” the former Football Association of Malawi general secretary said.

However, Nyirenda said Malawi’s Flames will start playing from the preliminary rounds, comprising two groups of four teams each, as they are not among the six highly-ranked seeded teams in the region.

During the draw, Malawi, who failed to qualify for the quarter-finals stage last year in Rustenburg, South Africa, will be in pot two alongside Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros.

Botswana, Angola, Mozambique and Madagascar are in pot one while Zimbabwe defending champions), Zambia, Lesotho, South Africa, Namibia and Swaziland have been seeded.

The Flames Captain, Limbikani Mzava, Tuesday said there was need for the Flames to have sound preparations and send a strong squad to the tournament.

“We need to have good players that will fight to win the cup and not just participate. I hope Malawi will reach the quarter-finals,” Mzava said.

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