Cosafa Cup Draw: South Africa Take On Botswana, Mozambique Face Malawi

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Written by Peter Pedroncelli

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

Group A

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

 

Group B

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

 

Quarter-finals

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