Cosafa Cup Draw: South Africa Take On Botswana, Mozambique Face Malawi
The COSAFA Cup draw for the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations took place on Thursday, with the teams involved in the competition finding out who they will be playing against during the tournament.
The COSAFA Cup sees the best teams in Southern Africa taking each other on in an effort to be named the best national team in the region.
The competition will be held in South Africa during June this year, with 14 teams vying for the 2015 title, including two teams from outside the region who are invited guests, as Ghana and Tanzania join the tournament list.
The draw involved two original groups of the eight lower ranked sides in the competition, who will face each other to determine a place in the quarter-finals, with only the winners of the two groups progressing past the group stage.
Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Tanzania have been drawn together in Group A, while Group B will be contested by the Seychelles, Mauritius, Swaziland and Madagascar.
The six best ranked sides will have an automatic pass to the quarter-finals, with Ghana set to face the winner of Group B, while the eventual top dog in Group A will come up against Zambia.
The draw revealed that South Africa will need to overcome Botswana in the quarter-final, and Mozambique’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals will depend on the strength of their opponents, Malawi.
2015 COSAFA Cup Fixtures
17 May – Namibia vs Zimbabwe
17 May – Lesotho vs Tanzania
19 May – Zimbabwe vs Lesotho
19 May – Namibia vs Tanzania
21 May – Namibia vs Lesotho
21 May – Zimbabwe vs Tanzania
18 May – Seychelles vs Mauritius
18 May – Madagascar vs Swaziland
20 May – Mauritius vs Madagascar
20 May – Seychelles vs Swaziland
22 May – Seychelles vs Madagascar
22 May – Mauritius vs Swaziland
24 May – Ghana vs Winner Group B
24 May – Mozambique vs Malawi
25 May – Zambia vs Winner Group A
25 May – South Africa vs Botswana