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Cosafa Schools Cup on the cards

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Gomezgani Zakazaka

The Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) has announced that the inaugural Cosafa Schools Cup will take place from October 28 to November 6 in South Africa.

Cosafa released the 2022 Football Calendar Wednesday and announced the addition of the schools competition to its events.

Schools tournament will act as the regional qualifier for the Caf Schools Champions Cup that will see teams from all over Africa including Malawi competing.

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The latest addition to the calendar will give young learners the chance to showcase their talent at the international stage.

The flagship Cosafa Cup will kick off a busy six months as it will take place from July 5-17 in Durban, South Africa. It will be followed by the Caf Champions League qualifiers for Cosafa from August 4 to14 in Kwazulu-Natal.

Cosafa General Secretary Sue Destombes said it will be another bumper year of tournaments.

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’’We are delighted to have such a strong calendar in front of us and look forward to supplying players, coaches, match officials and administrators with incredible exposure to international competition,’’ Destombes said.

’’While Covid is still very much part of our daily lives, we have learnt a lot about how to manage tournaments within the pandemic and hope to welcome fans back in the stadiums for most of our events this year.’’

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions and Communications Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka, said the schools competitions would be a good platform for the youngsters.

“Caf already informed us about the issue and we are just waiting for some details. But this is very important,’’ he said.

Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) president Blackson Malamula also welcomed the inaugural schools competition.

“We are aware of the tournament but we have asked Fam to give us more details. The competition will help expose players in schools,’’ Malamula said.

The Cosafa Women’s Championship will take place from August 31 to September 11 before the Cosafa Beach soccer championship from September 17 to 25.

This year’s Cosafa Mens Under-20 championship, which will be used as qualifiers for TotalEnergies Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations, will take place in eSwatini from October 6 to 16 before the Under-17 boys and girls championship, scheduled to run concurrently.

The U-17 boys and girls competition is slated for November 30 to December 10 in Lilongwe as part of Region 5 Games.

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