Cosafa confirms host cities for 2013 tourney
By Shamaoma Musonda -
THE Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) has confirmed four cities – Lusaka, Ndola, Kabwe and Kitwe – for the regional showpiece to be hosted in Zambia from July 6 to 21.
According to a statement made available by Cosafa chief operations officer, Sue Destombes, all group phase matches which would be played from July 6 to 11 would be hosted in Lusaka and Kabwe.
The two towns would also host matches at the quarter-final knock-out stage which would be played as double-headers at Nkoloma and Godfrey Chitalu stadia on July 13 and 14.
Kitwe would host matches in the plate category involving four losing teams at the quarter-final stage, while Ndola would host plate winners at the same stage on July 16 and 17, respectively.
Kitwe would also host the winners’ plate category semi-final on July 18, while Ndola would host the losers’ plate category on July 20.
Cosafa outlined the format for this year’s competition that would include guest teams – Kenya and Tanzania, both from the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) region, who would join Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mauritius and Seychelles in the group phase.
Destombes said Zambia, South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi had been given a bye to the knock-out round.
Matches in the knock-out final phase would be played between July 13 and 20.
The draw for the 2013 Cosafa Cup took place at the Southern Sun Ridgeway Hotel in Lusaka last night.