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Cosafa revises calendar again

Women’s tournament shifted to next month

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Gomezgani Zakazaka

The Council for Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) has released a revised calendar for its tournaments.

According to Cosafa website, the Council is still optimistic of hosting four of its six scheduled tournaments for this year.

Following the revised calendar, the Women’s Cosafa Cup will now take place from November 3 to 14 in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

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A total of eight teams have confirmed their participation for the showpiece. Defending champions and hosts South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Angola and Malawi have confirmed their participation in this year’s tournament whereas Namibia and Eswatini are awaiting government approval to travel.

According to Cosafa website, East African nation Kenya have requested a guest place in the tournament whereas Mauritius remain doubtful. Madagascar, Seychelles and Mozambique have declined while Lesotho have yet to commit.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka said they will make a final decision.

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“The Executive Committee is expected to discuss which competitions the National teams will participate,” he added Malawi womens national football team will be hoping to better last year’s record. The Scorchers failed to progress to the semifinals of the competition in two consecutive tournaments.

Last year, Malawi registered two victories against Madagascar (2-0) and Comoros Islands (13-0) but lost 3-1 to South Africa.

The Cosafa Women’s Under-17 Championship is also scheduled to be staged in Nelson Mandela Bay concurrently with the senior tournament, but in a reduced format, most likely with four to six teams. East African nation Tanzania have expressed an interest in taking part.

Under-17 Cosafa Championship is expected to be played in South Africa from November 19-29 at a venue yet to be decided. The two finalists of the competition will qualify for the continental finals in Morocco in July 2021.

South Africa will host the Cosafa Under-20 from December 3-13 as twelve teams have confirmed their participation.

“A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes during the Covid-19 pandemic break to try and realise our goals of hosting these events to continue our mandate of developing Southern African football on and off the pitch,” Cosafa General Secretary Sue Destombes told the website.

“But we are completely reliant on conditions being favourable and obviously that is out of our control. What we can promise is that health and safety protocols will be in place, as well as utilising practices from the experiences of the South African Football Association, who successfully completed their 2019-20 league season.”

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