The Zambia national team will face the winners of group A at the Hollywoodbets sponsored 2022 COSAFA Cup following the draws conducted at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in host city Durban on Tuesday.
Group A contains Angola, Comoros, Seychelles, and Botswana in what is likely to be a hotly contested pool. The Copper Bullets will join the Competition at the quarter final stage.
This years competition will take place between July 5th to July 17th providing coaches with an excellent chance to fine-tune their squads ahead of the second set of 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that will take place in September.
Zambia will be looking to win their first title since 2019 and tie Zimbabwe on six titles as the teams with most trophies in the Competition.
Aljosa Asanovic will be expected to use the tournament to fine tune his local Bullets for AFCON qualifiers.
Ricky Banda, Bruce Musakanya, Kelvin Mubanga Kampamba, Spencer Sautu, Albert Kangwanda, Hosea Silwimba, Dominic Chanda, Joshua Mutale, Kelvin Kapumbu, Edward Tembo among others will likely make up the core of Asanovic’s team.
Meanwhile holders South Africa will take on neighbours Mozambique in the quarterfinals of the 2022 COSAFA Cup.
West African guest nation Senegal will return for a second year in a row after they finished runners up behind South Africa in 2021.
The Lions of Teranga will take on the winners of the first round Group B, where Lesotho meet Malawi, Mauritius and Eswatini. Madagascar will face the Brave Warriors of Namibia in the third of the quarterfinals.
The winners of the quarterfinals will advance to the semifinal round, while the losers will drop into the Plate competition and ensure they do have further matches to fine-tune for the upcoming African Nations Championship and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Durban will host the competition for the second time having been the perfect stage for the 2019 event that was won by the Chipolopolo Boys as they defeated Botswana in the decider.
Fans will be able to attend matches at this year’s tournament for the first time since 2019, though strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of all at the stadium.
Venues may only be filled to 50% of their capacity and supporters must produce either a vaccination certificate, or a PCR test no older than 72 hours.