By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde – Nigeria
COSAFA Women’s Championship is set to take centre-stage in South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Bay from November 3-14, in what will be the first international women championship staged on the African continent since the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the football calendar.
Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) also intends to stage its women U17 championship concurrently with the senior competition from November 5-13, providing some much-needed international competition in this crucial age-group.
It is a welcome return to national team competition for the sides, who have endured a frustrating 2020, but with light at the end of the tunnel, the future looks a lot brighter.
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 semi-finals.
Hosts and defending champions, Bayana Bayana of 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 draws for both championships are scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, and will be streamed live on COSAFA TV.
Bayana Bayana has won the past three editions of the tournament and are the most successful team with six triumphs out of seven editions. Zimbabwe won the other edition.
South Africa narrowly defeated Zambia 1-0 in the final of the last tournament and will be poised to continue their COSAFA dominance.
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