Malawi pulls out of Cosafa Beach Soccer Cup

Gomezgani Zakazaka

Cosafa Beach Soccer Cup returns this year after a five-year absence but Malawi did not register to take part in the competition.

The competition will run from November 17 to 21 in Durban, South Africa.

Cosafa Tuesday confirmed that seven countries, namely hosts South Africa, Angola, Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles and guest nation Tanzania, will compete.


Football Association of Malawi Competitions and Communications Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka confirmed that Malawi will not take part but did not give more details.

Beach Soccer Association Chairperson Gift Chimbalanga said Malawi will not participate in international events until next year due to lack of funds.

“Our plan is to participate in international events next year. We do not have enough funds at the moment,” he said.


During the inaugural event held in Seychelles, Malawi finished as runner-up after suffering a 9-4 loss to Madagascar.

Madagascar will also not take part in this year’s event.

Malawi also participated in the 2019 Copa Dar es Salaam Tournament held in Tanzania but lost three matches to Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania.

Cosafa General Secretary a Destombes, Beach Soccer was the fastest growing sport in the region.

“We are delighted to have the Beach Soccer back on our calendar and intend making this an annual event in the future,” Destombes said.

According to Cosafa, the teams will be split into two groups, with Group A comprising four teams whereas Group B will have three teams. The draw will take place on Saturday.

Top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals.

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