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Polokwane City to host Cosafa Cup

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The Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) has disclosed that this year’s Cosafa Castle Cup will be staged in Polokwane City, South Africa.

Cosafa deputy Chief Executive Officer, Suzgo Nyirenda, made the revelation on Friday, saying Polokwane will host the regional competition after Botswana’s failure to host it.

Nyirenda said countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania have shown interest to participate in this year’s event, which runs from May 27 to June 10.

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“We are set for the showpiece as organisers. We have not made any changes to the prize money for the winners but we have arranged for some activities that are aimed at ensuring that the competition is memorable.

“We will also run a referees’ course before the tournament kicks off. It is also worth noting that countries from as far as North Africa have shown interest in joining us. We are just working on the logistics and once all is in place, we will confirm which teams are coming as guest nations,” Nyirenda said.

The development means the tournament will be returning to South Africa after the North West Province city of Rustenburg hosted it last year.

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The Flames competed at the event where they disappointed by failing to reach the quarter final stage after winning just one match in the group stages.

Zimbabwe are the current holders of the cup after beating Zambia 3-1.

The Flames will be hoping to win the cup for the first time after two final appearances and the lifting of the competition’s Plate Division title.

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