The Council for Southern Africa Football Association (Cosafa) says it is still optimistic of staging all of its six tournaments this year should the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end.
The Cosafa region just like all sporting associations across the world has been hit hard by the coronavirus which resulted in suspension of all sporting activities as the pandemic has killed thousands in the world.
The Cosafa Under-17 women’s tournament was due to start this Friday in Mauritius but was suspended due to the same.
However, Cosafa General Secretary, Sue Destombes Tuesday said hosting of the tournaments would depend on the situation of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Notwithstanding the coronavirus which is currently on going, Cosafa commitment is still to be staging as many of our six tournaments as possible in 2020. Obviously, is simply timing depending on when the lockdown in South Africa is lifted and other countries across our region, certainly, where ever possible, we will be looking to staging our tournaments this year,” she said.
The future of all football events including the Cosafa tournaments is still uncertain due to the Covid-19. It is not known if Cosafa senior’s men championship will take place in Durban, South Africa from June 13-22 as well as the Under-17 men’s tournament slated for Blantyre, Malawi from July 22 to August 1.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) already confirmed national teams’ participation in all the Cosafa tournaments this year including the women’s seniors’ tournament which will be hosted in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in September before the Under-20 men’s tournament in December at a venue yet to be announced.
Flames Team Manager Clement Kafwafwa said if the tournament would take place this year, Malawi has a chance to better last year’s results.
Last year, the Flames exited the Cosafa Cup in the quarterfinals after losing 4-2 on post-match penalties after 2-2 in regulation time. The Flames were then relegated to the Cosafa Plate but lost in the final to South Africa 5-4 on post-match penalties.