Cosafa approves football calendar Saturday

Suzgo Nyirenda

Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) will Saturday hold an annual general meeting (AGM) to deliberate on a proposed rotational calendar for 2021/22.

The indaba is scheduled for Sandton Sun in South Africa.

Cosafa is optimistic of hosting all its tournaments this year including the inaugural Women’s Club Champions League slated for April.


This is despite the Covid pandemic that disturbed most of its activities last year.

Cosafa Deputy General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda, who is also responsible for competitions, said the meeting was shifted from last week to tomorrow as most member associations were committed.

“There are several items on the agenda including a rotational calendar for 2021/22, as well as presentation of audited financial statements. This meeting was shifted because most member associations’ presidents were in Doha for a Fifa meeting,” Nyirenda said.


According to the draft rotational calendar, the under-17 women’s Cosafa Championship will take place in Namibia in April before the men’s senior Cosafa Cup between May and June in Durban, South Africa.

The Durban competition will take place during Fifa calendar dates, allowing teams to include more players plying their trade in other countries.

Port Elizabeth will host the Senior Women’s Cosafa Cup for a fourth straight year in September whereas the under-20 girls tournament will take place in Maseru, Lesotho, in December.

The men’s under-20 competition is scheduled for eSwatini in December.

Cosafa is also planning to host a beach soccer tournament and the first-ever Futsal competition in July and September, respectively.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu, his vice Jabbar Alide and General Secretary Alfred Gunda are expected to attend the AGM.

Nyamilandu recently told local media that he was not sure of Malawi’s participation in all the tournaments due to the suspension of matches in the country due to Covid.

The Senior Men’s Cosafa Cup did not take place last year due to Covid but the senior women’s championship, the under-17 and under-20 men’s tournaments, took place in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

Malawi Women’s National Football Team managed to reach the semifinals of the regional showpiece but was eliminated after a 6-2 loss to hosts and eventual winners South Africa, whereas the junior men’s teams failed to go past the group stages.

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