Namibia to face Botswana in COSAFA Cup

by Otniel Hembapu

Namibia to face Botswana in COSAFA Cup

Windhoek

COSAFA Castle Cup reigning champions Brave Warriors have been drawn against the  ‘The Zebras’ of Botswana in this year’s COSAFA Cup to be staged in Namibia from June 11-25, following Thursday night’s draw conducted in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Coach Ricardo Mannetti and his charges will begin the defence of their title with a tricky quarterfinal clash against Botswana, while Zambia and South Africa who will also start the competition from the quarterfinals stage will face the winners of Groups A and B.



As host nation and defending champions, Namibia will only be active in the competition from the quarterfinal stages along with other top seeded teams such as Botswana, DR Congo, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa.

After Thursday night’s draw, Group A consists of Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Seychelles and Madagascar, while Group B features Malawi, Angola, Lesotho and Mauritius.

The first round group stage matches will take up the first week of the tournament from June 11, with just the top team in each pool advancing to the quarterfinals. The championship then continues in a knockout format, with the quarterfinal losers dropping into the Plate competition that was first introduced in 2013 and last year won by Malawi.

Namibia will be hosting the event for the first time and as holders, with Windhoek set to stage the matches across two venues.

The COSAFA Castle Cup was launched in 1997 and very quickly became one of the most exciting competitions on the African soccer calendar.

It has given COSAFA member countries opportunities to increase their international profile and seek further success on other stages, like the African Nations Cup and World Cup.

Zambia and Zimbabwe have each claimed four titles each, with South Africa and Angola three-time winners. Namibia claimed their first championship in the 2015 edition.

2016 COSAFA Castle Cup First Round Draw

Group A

A1 – Zimbabwe

A2 – Swaziland

A3 – Seychelles

A4 – Madagascar

 

Group B

B1 – Malawi

B2 – Angola

B3 – Lesotho

B4 – Mauritius

 

Quarterfinals Draw

QF1 – South Africa vs Winner Group B

QF2 – Botswana vs Namibia

QF3 – Zambia vs Winner Group A

QF4 – DR Congo vs Mozambique

 

 

 

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