Photo Credit: Nehandaradio, Additional Report: Theresa Maguraushe
The draws for the COSAFA Women’s Championship have been made and hosts Zimbabwe will face off with old rivals Zambia as Kenya and South Africa avoid a first round battle for the tournament slated to take off in September.
The competition which will be held in Bulawayo, will take place in two venues; Barbourfields Stadium and Luveve Stadium
Officially opening the tournament on September 13 will be the group C game between Namibia and Botswana , before the four teams in Group A clash; Zambia take on Malawi and Zimbabwe welcome Madagascar.
Kenya in Group B will face Mauritius, Mozambique and Swaziland while South Africa alongside Lesotho, complete Group C.
Barbourfields Stadium will host all Group A matches while all Group B games will be at the Luveve Stadium. Group C will have both grounds for their matches.
With the round-robin format in play, the group winners and best placed runners-up advance to the semis which will kick off on September 21.
The Championship final will take place on September 24 as the third place match go down a day before.
This is COSAFA’s largest pool yet with 12 teams participating, a step up from eight, after a six-year hiatus.
Zimbabwe the hosts, are the defending Champions with a 2011 win while South Africa have won the tournament three previous times; 2002, 2006 and 2008.
GROUP STAGE FIXTURES
September 13 (Barbourfields Stadium)
10h30 Namibia vs Botswana
14h00 Zambia vs Malawi
16h30 Zimbabwe vs Madagascar
September 14 (Luveve Stadium)
10h30 Mauritius vs Swaziland
14h00 Kenya vs Mozambique
16h30 South Africa vs Lesotho
September 15 (Barbourfields Stadium)
10h30 Madagascar vs Malawi
14h00 South Africa vs Namibia
16h30 Zimbabwe vs Zambia
September 16 (Luveve Stadium)
10h30 Kenya vs Mauritius
14h00 Lesotho vs Botswana
16h30 Mozambique vs Swaziland
September 17 (Barbourfields Stadium)
14h00 Zambia vs Madagascar
14h00 Namibia vs Lesotho
September 17 (Luveve Stadium)
14h00 Zimbabwe vs Malawi
14h00 South Africa vs Botswana
September 18 (Luveve Stadium)
14h00 Mauritius vs Mozambique
September 18 (Barbourfields Stadium)
14h00 Kenya vs Swaziland
September 21 (Barbourfields Stadium)
13h00 Winner Group A vs Winner Group C
15h00 Winner Group B vs Best Runner-Up
September 23 (Barbourfields Stadium)
13h00 Loser S/final 1 vs Loser S/final 2
September 24 (Barbourfields Stadium)
15h00 Winner S/final 1 vs Winner S/final 2