COSAFA gives update on senior and U-17 Women’s tournaments… Nelson Mandela Bay to host both events behind closed doors
The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) has confirmed that the 2020 Women’s Championship will have eight teams with East African side Tanzania as a guest nation.
According to a post on COSAFA’s official website, the tournament will be held in Nelson Mandela Bay between 3 and 14th November with the competition set to take place behind closed doors due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“The COSAFA Women’s Championship will feature eight teams, split into two groups of four, who will battle it out for a place in the semifinals. Hosts and defending champions South Africa will be joined by Angola, Botswana, Comoros Islands, Malawi, East African guest nation Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in what is a strong field.”
The tournament is expected to be the first women’s international Championship staged on the African continent since the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc with the football calendar.
COSAFA also went on to reiterate their intention to stage its Women’s Under-17 Championship concurrently with the senior competition from November 5-13. The draws for both championships are scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, and will be streamed live on COSAFA.TV.
It is a welcome return to national team competition for the sides, who have endured a frustrating 2020. South Africa has won the last three championships, and six out of seven in all, with only Zimbabwe breaking their run on home soil in 2011.
The Under-17 competition has had to be scaled down this year and will feature six teams, including guests Tanzania. The others are Botswana, Comoros, hosts South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Guests Uganda claimed victory in last year’s inaugural event in Mauritius as they defeated South Africa 2-1 in the final. Zambia finished third after a 3-0 win over Botswana.
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