COSAFA which stands for Council of Southern Africa Football Associations was established by the Supreme Council of Sports in Africa – Zone 6. The Council of Ministers who oversee the activities of Zone 6 comprise all Ministers from the 13 member countries of Zone 6, with responsibilities for sports.
The 14 member countries of COSAFA are Angola, Botswana, Comores, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Associate Member Reunion.
During the launch at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, Sports minister Chishimba Kambwili said hosting the event would help Zambia showcase its beauty beyond sports.
The draw for the COSAFA Cup 2013 has thrown up some mouth-watering fixtures ahead of the tournament to be staged in Zambia from July 6-20 2013.
Group A contains East African guests Tanzania, Namibia, Mauritius and Seychelles and is sure to be hotly contested.
Group B features another guest nation from East Africa, Kenya, as well as Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.
The teams will play each other in a round-robin format, with the top sides in each pool advancing to the quarterfinals.
“The Cosafa Cup provides us an opportunity to showcase what our country is capable of; that we will be good hosts of the Africa Cup in 2019,” Kambwili said.
“The benefits of hosting the championship are immense. They include creating a better image of the country, exposure of our footballers, enhancing local management skills, enhancing Zambia’s position as a potential sports tourist destination, providing inspiration for youths to engage in sports as well as generating direct and indirect economic activities through employment and revenue for country.”
Sports tourism is growing rapidly and brings great exposure to the region with the influx of people from various countries.
Below are the Fixtures of the COSAFA Cup.
06/07/13 Tanzania v Mauritius 14h30 (Lusaka)
Namibia v Seychelles 17h00 (Lusaka)
07/07/13 Kenya v Lesotho 13h00 (Kabwe)
Botswana v Swaziland 15h30 (Kabwe)
08/07/13 Mauritius v Namibia 14h30 (Lusaka)
Tanzania v Seychelles 17h00 (Lusaka)
09/07/13 Lesotho v Botswana 13h00 (Kabwe)
Kenya v Swaziland 15h30 (Kabwe)
10/07/13 Tanzania v Namibia 15h00 (Kabwe)
Mauritius v Seychelles 15h00 (Lusaka)
11/07/13 Kenya v Botswana 15h00 (Lusaka)
Lesotho v Swaziland 15h00 (Kabwe)
13/07/13 QF1: Zimbabwe-Malawi 13h00 (Lusaka)
QF2: South Africa-Win Group A 15h30 (Lusaka)
14/07/13 QF3: Angola vs Win Group B 13h00 (Kabwe)
QF4: Zambia vs Mozambique 15h30 (Kabwe)
15/07/13 REST DAY
16/07/13 Loser QF1 vs Loser QF3 15h00 (Kitwe)
Loser QF2 vs Loser QF4 17h00 (Kitwe)
17/07/13 Win. QF1 vs Win. QF3 17h00 (Ndola)
Win. QF2 vs Win. QF4 20h00 (Ndola)
18/07/13 Win Plate SF1 vs Win Plate SF2 17h00 (Kitwe)
19/07/13 REST DAY
20/07/13 Loser SF1 vs Loser SF2 15h00 (Ndola)
Win. SF1 vs Win. SF2 18h00 (Ndola).
The COSAFA Cup 2013 will be taken to the cell phones, tablets and computers of fans across the world with the launch of COSAFAs social media platforms.
We are delighted to give football fans in the region and beyond this opportunity to engage with us and other supporters, and enjoy the COSAFA Cup Zambia 2013 through social media. It is a space that has become extremely important and we value the interactions that we have with supporters, and the chance to give them as much information as possible on not just the COSAFA Cup Zambia 2013, but football in the region as a whole, says Chairman of COSAFAs Competition Committee, Timothy Shongwe.
Date: 14 June 2013