Munamba Numba names the provisional U20 Zambia squad for COSAFA

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 19:36

Zambian U20 coach Mumamba Numba has named a 45 provisional member-squad that will compete at the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup in Kitwe next month.

Numba has named the bulk of players from the 2017 U17 Cosafa Castle Cup winning squad while others have been added from the pool that participated in the U17 Africa Cup Qualifiers in 2016.

According to, team manager Mwansa Kapyanga released the names and the team iss expected to assemble for camp on Sunday in Lusaka.

Zambia will want to defend the COSAFA crown they lifted under coach, Beston Chambeshi last year in South Africa.


Danny Sikanyika (Lusaka Dynamos), Ben Mwale (Zanaco), Bradley Mweene ( LusakaYouth Academy), Prince Bwalya (Green Buffaloes), Emmanuel Mphasi Emmanuel Mphasi (Golden Celtic)


Jack Chisha (Young Zesco), Justine Mwanza (Young Nkana), Poncilio Kapampa (Kabwe Warriors) Hillary Mwiinga (Red Arrows), Joseph Phiri (Kamwala Academy), Kasonde Mulenga (National Assembly), Chrispin Kawezya (Malalo Police), Andrew Phiri (Kafue Celtic), Jonathan Kapelembe (Romeki), Victor Kasokola (Konkola Blades), Godfrey Mwila (Kamwala Academy), Christopher Katongo (Kasama United Youth), Kingsley Hakwiya (Kansanshi High School), Dalitso Banda (Young Zanaco)


Jonathan Tembo (Gomes), Dauti Silwimba (Young Zesco), Kelvin Kapumbu (Lumwana Radiants), Godfrey Chanda (Green Buffaloes), Ngosa Sunzu (Napsa Stars), Kunda Nkandu (Zanaco), Musonda Kalale (Chambeshi FC), Mukuka Chanda (Gomes), Harry Milanzi (Young Green Buffaloes), Benson Kolala (Nchanga Rangers), Jimmy Hamanzuka (National Assembly), Niza Simutenda (Mphande Youth Academy), John Mulalangabo, Michael Kafusha (Kasama United Youth), Muma Mumba (Zamcoal Diggers), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Clinton Lubula (Kabwata Dynamos), Alex Bulaya (Nakambala Leopards)


Lameck Banda (Nkwazi), Gamphani Lungu (National Assembly), Martin Njobvu (Nchanga Rangers), Christopher Phiri (Kafue Celtic), George Nyimbili (Young Zanaco), Damiano Kola (Zanaco), Francisco Mwepu (Chambeshi FC), Paul Mwachisemu (Kafue Celtics)

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BFA: Botswana won’t participate in U20 COSAFA Cup

Staff Reporter

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 15:00

The Botswana national under-20 side will not be participating in the 2017 U20 COSAFA Cup.

Zambia are set to host the youth tournament which is scheduled for Kitwe between December 6-16.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has made a decision to take a gap year from the regional competition.

The association released the following statement:

A statement read: “Botswana Football Association National Executive (NEC) has made a decision to take a gap year from the COSAFA Under 20 championships. NEC’s position is that the Under 20 is at a level where the direction of our football should be taking a shape.

“However, NEC’s evaluation shows that recent performances do not positively define our direction. The vision of the NEC is to have an Under 20 Team that competes more than participates. The Technical Department has been tasked with using development structures to groom a team that will compete with a long term goal in mind.

“The BFA’s Strategy demands that there should be a long term plan that will see a team that should be able to compete at the 2018 Africa Zone 5 games and in the same year compete in the 2018 COSAFA under 20 championships. We believe that this same team should compete to qualify for the African and World Under 20 Championships in 2019 and ultimately qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.

“The decision to take a gap year will help create a pool of players and prepare our self to achieve the set milestones in line with our Strategy as well as that of the Botswana National Sports Commission of 2028.”

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Uganda and Egypt to appear as U20 COSAFA guests

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 19:30

Egypt and Uganda have been invited as guests for the upcoming U20 2017 COSAFA Cup to be staged in Zambia next month.

Egypt will grace the U20 Championship to be played in Kitwe, Zambia from December 6-16.

COSAFA announced in a statement on Friday that the Pharaohs and the Cranes will be guest teams at the regional youth competition.


“North African powerhouse Egypt will be sending their crop of youngsters along with East African side Uganda, who have made great strides in senior football in the last few years,” COSAFA stated.

This will be Egypt’s second trip to Zambia after making a group stage exit during the 2017 U20 AFCON in March.

Meanwhile, the games will be played at Kitwe’s Arthur Davies Stadium and Nkana Stadium whilst the draw for the group stages will be held next week, with the 12 teams to be placed in three groups of four teams.

COSAFA announced that the group winners will then advance to the semifinals along with the best runner-up.

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COSAFA happy with Zambia’s preparation for U20 tounament

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 11:00

COSAFA have announced that the tournament’s U20 hosts, Zambia, is almost ready to host this year’s U20 Championship.

The COSAFA U20 Championship will be staged in Kitwe from December 6-16, with games scheduled for Nkana Stadium and Arthur Davies Stadium.

COSAFA Chief Operations Officer, Sue Destombes said some teams may be accommodated in Ndola, saying Kitwe alone cannot host the 14 nations expected to compete at the tournament.


The Junior Chipolopolo are the defending champions of the annual Southern African youth championship.

“We have not finished our exercise but let’s put it that we are 90 percent there,” said Destombes.

“We are very fortunate that we have got two stadia that are regularly used for Premier League football and CAF Champion League.

“There are very nice facilities in Kitwe but they can’t take all the teams. We may have to put some teams in Ndola.”

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Botswana and co. set for 2017 U20 COSAFA Cup

Staff Reporter

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 12:00

The 2017 Under-20 COSAFA Cup Championships are set to take place in Zambia in December.

Botswana will be among the Southern African countries which are expected to participate in the regional tournament.

Zambia will get a chance to defend their U20 COSAFA Cup trophy after defeating South Africa in last year’s final.

Botswana finished at the bottom of Group A after losing all of their games in a tournament which was hosted by South Africa.

COSAFA released the following statement of their official website ahead of the tournament:

“The 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships are set to light up Zambia from December 6-16 in what will be the latest instalment of the vital regional tournament that has been a breeding ground for so much Southern African talent down the years.

“The tournament will be staged in Kitwe as defending champions Zambia seek to retain the title they won in South Africa last year, the start of a magnificent run for the side that saw them also later crowned African champions and star at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea.

“They will likely have a new wave of talent for the coming tournament, as will most sides in the region as they look to build for future continental finals. In that regard, the COSAFA Under-20 Championship is vital and has played its part in its many guises down the years, a statement read.

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Namibia eyeing a good run in 2017 COSAFA Cup

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 11:35

Ahead of the 2017 Women’s COSAFA Cup in Zimbabwe, Namibia’s skipper Uerikondjera Mammie Kasaona hopes the team will do better than the last two editions of the Championships.

Kasaona said the tournament will be tough, but they are focusing on representing the nation and make it proud.

The Gladiators are in Group C along with neighbours South Africa‚ Lesotho and Botswana.


“It is going to be a tough competition and we are not turning a blind eye to that,” said the skipper.

“The group that we find ourselves in is quite competitive and strong but if we manage to beat Lesotho and Botswana, South Africa won’t be much of a problem.

“The ladies are serious about this competition and wants to prove that they can compete.

“Despite not playing competitive football or featuring in any international games, I am impressed with the fitness level of the girls.

“The only challenge we are currently encountering is that the Under 20 ladies will be competing in the World Cup Qualifiers tournament at the same time we competing and it would have been better if we used some of the matured players from that team to strengthen our team.”

The skipper who has led the side from 2012 will don the armband in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from 13-24 September as they hope to improve their 2006 and 20

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Zimbabwe coach reacts after COSAFA Women’s draw

Immaculate Msipa of Zimbabwe (women)

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 11:00

Zimbabwean Women’s national team coach Sithethelelwe Sibanda says they are prepared to take on any team at the COSAFA Women’s Championship in Bulawayo.

The Mighty Warriors manager was speaking after the COSAFA Women’s draw as they will meet old rivals Zambia in a draw that was conducted in Johannesburgon Wednesday.

Zimbabwe and Zambia will be joined by Madagascar and Malawi in Group A in what is likely to be a tightly-contested group.

The tournament is set to run from September 13 to 24 in Bulawayo.

On the other hand, Group B sees East African guest nation, Kenya taking on Mauritius, Mozambique and Swaziland.

Meanwhile, three-time champions South Africa are up against Namibia, Lesotho and Botswana in Group C.

Sibanda said they don’t want to put themselves under unnecessary pressure, insisting they will take each game as it comes.

“We don’t want to put ourselves under any pressure, this is a different year, it’s the same tournament, yes, but it’s been some years since it’s been played, so we just want to take each game as it comes,” said Sibanda.

“But obviously we would want to do our best in this tournament and possibly go all the way to the finals.

“We have played Zambia several times and they are a very good team. Malawi, I think, it’s been quite a few years since they last participated in the COSAFA tournament but I believe they are also a good team.

“Teams have developed because people are really putting much into women’s football development so we are expecting tough matches and we are equally going to prepare for those matches.”

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Mutizwa named 2017 COSAFA Cup Player of the Tournament

Scent ition

Monday Jul 10, 2017. 15:00

Zimbabwe striker Knox Mutizwa won the main award at the 2017 COSAFA Cup awards which was issued after the final in Rustenburg, South Africa.

The Warriors of Zimbabwe thrashed their neighbours Zambia 3-1 in this year’s COSAFA Cup final at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.

As a result, Zimbabwe won the Southern African title for a record fifth time, for Zambia’s Chipolopolo it was a record fifth defeat in the final of the competition.

Zimbabwe mentor Sunday Chidzambwa also made history as he became the first coach to win the trophy three times – having also won it in 2003 and 2009.

Mutizwa was named the COSAFA Cup Player of the Tournament after the Zimbabwean striker netted five goals in this year’s competition.

Ovidy Karuru, the Zimbabwe captain, walked away with the Golden Boot. The AmaZulu FC attacking midfielder netted six goals in the 2017 tournament.

Tanzania shot-stopper Said Mohamed Said was named the Goalkeeper of the tournament after helping his nation finish third in this year’s competition.

Lesotho and South Africa, the tournament hosts, finished fourth and fifth respectively.

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Zimbabwe crowned 2017 COSAFA Cup champions

Talent Chawapiwa of Zimbabwe celebrates a goal with teammates during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Zimbabwe at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 09 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 17:06

Zimbabwe defeated Zambia 3-1 in the 2017 COSAFA Cup final at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa on Sunday.

The Warriors were then crowned COSAFA Cup champions – lifting the trophy for a record fifth time.

Sunday Chidzambwa, the Zimbabwe mentor, also became the first coach to win the COSAFA Cup for the third time – having also won it 2003 and 2009.

Chipolopolo started brightly as Jack Chirwa forced Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova into a brilliant finger-tipping save 10 minutes into the game.

Allan Chibwe, the Zambia keeper, was called into action for the first time four minutes later and he gathered Warriors full-back Eric Chipeta’s cross with ease.

However, the Chipolopolo shot-stopper, was beaten in the 22nd minute after he failed to handle a long ball from Zimbabwe left-back Honest Moyo.

Warriors striker Knox Mutizwa pounced and he headed home to make it 1-0 to Zimbabwe – benefiting from Chibwe’s poor goalkeeping.

The momentum was with Zimbabwe and Chibwe denied Mutizwa with a great save on the half-hour mark as the striker searched for his sixth goal of the tournament.

Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda made a change in the 38th minute as Lubinda Mundia replaced injured Mike Katiba as Chipolopolo looked to restore parity.

Mundia made an immediate impact as he headed home Mwila Phiri’s cross in the 39th minute to ensure that the first-half ended with Zambia and Zimbabwe locked at 1-1.

The Warriors were the better side in the first 15 minutes of the second-half with Chibwe being forced to deny Mutizwa from a one-on-one situation.

But the Power Dynamos keeper was then beaten for the second time in the game after Mutizwa’s header had hit the upright in the 56th minute.

The rebound was fired home by Talent Chawapiwa with his left foot – to make it 2-1 to Zimbabwe – restoring the Warriors’ lead in the process.

The Warriors looked dangerous each time they pushed forward and Ocean Mushure extended their lead with a right-footed shot to make it 3-1 to Zimbabwe in the 67th minute.

It was end-to-end stuff in the closing stages of the match as Zambia searched for late goals, while Zimbabwe looked dangerous on the counter-attack.

Chigova produced a magnificent one-handed save to deny Godfrey Ngwenya in the 90th minute and ultimately, Zimbabwe ran out 3-1 winners.

Zambia (1) 1 (Mundia 39′)

Zimbabwe (1) 3 (Mutizwa 22′, Chawapiwa 56′, Mushure 67′)

Zambia XI: Chibwe, Phiri (Ngwenya 70′), Chama, Chungu (Muchindu 64′) Shonga, Malama, Katiba (Mundia 39′), Chirwa, Mulenga, Shamujomba, Mwila.

Zimbabwe XI: Chigova, Mushure, Chipeta, Chawapiwa (Katsvairo 81′), Tigere, Takwara, Karuru, Homora, Mutizwa, Moyo, Chakoroma.

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COSAFA Final: Zambia 1-3 Zimbabwe – As It Happened

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 15:04

Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 COSAFA Cup final between Zambia and Zimbabwe at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa on Sunday.

Line ups:

Zambia XI: Chibwe, Phiri, Chama, Chungu, Shonga, Malama, Katiba, Chirwa, Mulenga, Shamujomba, Mwila.

Zimbabwe XI: Chigova, Mushure, Chipeta, Chawapiwa, Tigere, Takwara, Karuru, Homora, Mutizwa, Moyo, Chakoroma.


Congratulations to Zimbabwe, who are the 2017 COSAFA Cup champions – winning the trophy for a record fifth time.

FULL-TIME: Zambia 1-3 Zimbabwe.

90′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

85′ – Five minutes left for Zambia to snatch two late goals to ensure that the game goes into extra-time.

81′ – Zimbabwe sub: Katsvairo IN, Chawapiwa OUT.

80′ – Zambia keeper Chibwe pushes the ball away as Zimbabwe look to extend their lead from a corner-kick in the closing stages of the match.

75′ – Zambia are attacking in numbers, but Zimbabwe are looking dangerous on the counter-attack. End-to-end stuff here in Rustenburg.

70′ – Zambia sub: Ngwenya IN, Phiri OUT.

67′ – GOAL! Zambia 1-3 Zimbabwe. Mushure, who is left-footed, fires home with his weaker from just inside the Zambia box.

65′ Zambia sub: Muchindu IN, Chungu OUT.

60′ – Zimbabwe are leading 2-1 as we reach the hour-mark here in Rustenburg.

55′ – GOAL! Zambia 1-2 Zimbabwe. Mutizwa hits the upright with a header and Chawapiwa scores from the rebound to restore his side’s lead.

50′ – GREAT SAVE! Zambia keeper Chibwe makes a great save to deny Zambia striker Mutizwa from a one-on-one situation following Mulenga’s mistake in the middle of the park.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Zambia 1-1 Zimbabwe.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

40′ – Chipeta’s free-kick from a promising area is blocked inside the Zambia box as Zimbabwe look to respond with a goal.

39′ – GOAL! Zambia 1-1 Zimbabwe. Mundia makes an immediate impact as he heads home from Phiri’s cross.

38′ – Zambia sub: Mundia IN, Katiba OUT.

35′ – The momentum is with Zimbabwe as Zambia keeper Chibwe makes a good save to deny Mutizwa, before Mushure’s free-kick goes just over the crossbar.

30′ – Zimbabwe are still leading 1-0 as we reach the half-hour mark here in Rustenburg.

25′ – CHANCE! Mwila has a chance to restore parity for Zambia, but the forward fails to connect with a cross from the left – with Zimbabwe keeper Chigova rooted to the ground.

22′ GOAL! Zambia 0-1 Zimbabwe. Mutizwa heads home from close range after Zambia keeper Chibwe fails to handle the ball.

20′ – Zambia and Zimbabwe (along with South Africa) have won the COSAFA Cup trophy four times and today’s winner will become the most successful country with five titles.

15′ – Zambia keeper Chibwe is called into action for the first time this afternoon and he gathers Zimbabwe right-back Chipeta’s cross from the right with ease.

10′ – GREAT SAVE! Zambia combine nicely on the edge of the Zimbabwe box and Chirwa forces goalkeeper Chigova into a great finger-tipping save.

5′ – Early free-kick for Zambia and Shonga fires wide of the target from the set-piece.

1′ – The match is underway.

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2017 COSAFA CUP PLATE FINAL: South Africa 1-0 Namibia – As it happened

Maximilian Mbaeva of Namibia challenged by Mothobi Mvala of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between South Africa and Namibia at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 07 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 07, 2017. 18:53

Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 COSAFA Cup plate final between South Africa and Namibia at the Moruleng Stadium in Moruleng on Friday.


South Africa: Pule, Mukumela, Malepe, Booysen, Gordinho, Mvala, Masalesa, Norodien, Sibiya, Mokate, Moseamedi.

Namibia: Mbaeva, Haoseb, Hanamub, Karongee, Shitembi, Horaeb, Ketjijere, Keimuine, Gome, Hotto, Katjiteo.


Thank you for joining us for the plate final which saw South Africa beat Namibia and the two sides finished fifth, and sixth respectively in this year’s COSAFA Cup.

FULL-TIME: South Africa 1-0 Namibia.

90′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

86′ – South Africa sub: Webber IN, Mokate OUT.

85′ – Five minutes left for Namibia to snatch a late equalizer.

81′ – Namibia sub: Nenkavu IN, Gome OUT.

80′ – South Africa sub: Jordan IN, Norodien OUT.

76′ CLOSE! Namibia defender Haoseb’s header hits the crossbar with South Africa keeper Pule beaten.

80′ – South Afric

75′ – It looks like South Africa coach Stuart Baxter will be introducing Jordan, an attack-minded player.

70′ – Namibia are still searching for the equalizing goal as we enter the final 20 minutes of the match.

65′ – South Africa midfielder Sibiya forces Mbaeva into a decent save from a free-kick as Bafana Bafana look to double their lead.

61′ – Namibia sub: Shalulie IN, Keiminue OUT.

60′ – It still 1-0 to South Africa as we reach the hour-mark.

58′ – CHANCE! Moseamedi is set through on goal, but somehow the South Africa striker misses the target with Mbaeva off his goal line.

55′ – Namibia sub: A. Gebhardt IN, R. Hanamub OUT.

50′ – CHANCE! The Namibian defence make a mistake and Moseamedi looks to pounce, but the backline recovers, and clears the ball away.

The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: South Africa 1-0 Namibia.

45+2′ – CHANCE! Namibia defender Karongee clears the ball, before Mvala could pounce from close range as South Africa press the Brave Warriors.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

40′ – South Africa sub: Mthethwa IN, Mukumela OUT.

36′ – GOAL! South Africa 1-0 Namibia. Moseamedi set-ups Mokate, who scores with a deflected shot.

35′ – Namibia keeper Mbaeva has been the busier of the two shot-stoppers – dealing well with crosses from South Africa.

30′ – It remains goalless here in Moruleng as we reach the half-hour mark.

25′ – Moseamedi forces Namibia keeper Mbaeva into a comfortable save with a shot from outside the box following a good move by South Africa.

20′ – Namibia caution: Namibia captain Ketjijere is booked after fouling Moseamedi.

15′ – South Africa striker Moseamedi unleashes a long range shot which misses the target as the tournament hosts look to break the deadlock.

10′ – CHANCE! South Africa midfielder Mvala pounces inside the Namibia box, but he fires inches of the target.

6′ – MISS! Namibia captain Ketjijere steps up and misses the target from the spot-kick.

5′ – PENALTY for Namibia. South Africa defender Malepe fouls Namibia striker Katjiteo in the box.

1′ The match is underway.

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Tanzania target third place finish in Cosafa Cup

Himid Mkami of Tanzania challenged by Diamond Chikwekwe of Zambia during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Tanzania at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 05 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 18:30

Tanzania will face off with Lesotho in the 2017 COSAFA Cup third-place play-off at the Moruleng Stadium in Moruleng on Friday.

Kick-off is at 19h30 CAT.

The Taifa Stars were beaten 4-2 by Zambia in the semi-final encounter which was played at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday.

Salum Mayanga, the Tanzania head coach, will be looking to mastermind a victory over Lesotho in order to secure a third place finish in the tournament.

Erasto Nyoni, who hit the back of the net for the Taifa Stars against Zambia, is one of Tanzania’s dangermen and he will be keen to inspire his side to victory.

Meanwhile, Lesotho were narrowly defeated 4-3 by Zimbabwe in the semi-final clash which was played at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday.

Likuena head coach Moses Maliehe will be hoping to ensure that his side end their 2017 COSAFA Cup campaign on a winning note and finish fifth in the competition.

Mabuti Potloane, who was on the scoresheet against Zimbabwe, will be eager to score and help Likuena overcome Tanzania.

Tanzania and Lesotho met in the 2015 COSAFA Cup in Moruleng. Likuena overcame the Taifa Stars 1-0 a Group B match.

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Tanzania into Cosafa Cup quarterfinals despite draw

Joseph Perticots of Mauritius challenged by Herenilson Carma of Angola during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Mauritius and Angola at the Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 25 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jun 29, 2017. 19:23

Tanzania have qualified for the quarterfinals of the 2017 Cosafa Cup despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Mauritius in their final Group A match at Moruleng Stadium on Thursday evening.

The Taifa Stars finished on five points, the same total as Angola (who were held 0-0 by Malawi in a concurrent match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium) but placed first thanks to a superior goal difference.

They progress into the last eight and will face hosts and defending champions South Africa in the third quarterfinal, set for Sunday evening at Royal Bafokeng.

Tanzania dominated the early stages of the match, but Mauritius stood firm in defence, with goalkeeper Kevin Jean-Louis particularly influential.

Just past the half hour mark the Taifa Stars were desperately unlucky not to claim the lead, with Yahya Ramadhani finally getting the better of Jean-Louis, only to see the ball rebound off the upright.

Club M were not without their own attacking chances, and on 38 minutes Jeremy Villeneuve found himself with only goalkeeper Aishi Manula to beat, but could only find the side netting.

The half ended with Jean-Louis continuing to enhance his reputation, as he kept out efforts from Elias Maguri and Thomas Ulimwengu in quick succession.

Mauritius claimed a surprise lead midway through the second half, with substitute Kevin Perticots providing a fine chip beyond Manula for their first goal of the tournament.

Yet Tanzania quickly restored parity through another substitute, with Simon Msuva making it 1-1 less than 10 minutes after replacing Maguri.

And the East Africans were handed the initiative for the final stages of the match when Club M were reduced to 10 men – defender Damien Balisson was given his marching orders in the 78th minute.

Tanzania nearly claimed the lead with just three minutes of regulation time remaining, as Jean-Louis pulled off a fine save before Msuva was denied by the woodwork.

There was to be no late winner for the invitees, but their 1-1 draw with Club M proved to be enough to secure a berth in the knockout stages.

Tanzania (0) 1 (Msuva 68’)

Mauritius (0) 1 (Perticots 67’)

Tanzania: Manula, Banda, Kamagi, Nyoni, Mao, Mbonde, Maguri (Msuva 58’), Ulimwengu, Ramadhan, Ramadhani, Said

Mauritius: Jean-Louis, Dorza, Vincent-Jean, Balisson, Bell, Rose, Langue (Jocelyn 87’), Rungassamy (Perticots 46’), Villeneuve, St Martin (Saramandif 77’), Rasolofonirina

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Malawi, Angola exit Cosafa after a goalless draw

Nelson Da Luz of Angola challenged by Himid Mkami of Tanzania during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Angola and Tanzania at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 27 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jun 29, 2017. 19:19

The 2017 Cosafa Cup final Group A match between Malawi and Angola failed to produce a winner, as they played to a 0-0 draw at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday.

In the wake of the draw, the Angolans finish their campaign at number two in the group, with five points from three matches.

The Flames started like a house on fire as they used their pace to trouble the Angolan defence, but their appeal for a penalty in the second minute fell on deaf ears.

Just after the 11th minute, the Malawians tried to test Angolan goalkeeper Neblu from a distance, but Chikoti Chirwa’s long range shot sailed wide.

Job nearly came close to finding an opening goal in the 28th minute for Angola as he received a wonderful cross from the right, but was denied by keeper Ernest Khakhobwe on the far post.

Just before the 40th minute, the Palancas Negras continued to put pressure as they probed for an opening goal, but Va saw his diving header going inches wide from the left post.

Despite Beto Bianchi’s men pushing to bag the leading goal, their efforts failed to reap the rewards as it was 0-0 at half time.

However, it was Ronny van Geneugden’s men who nearly scored in the 53rd minute when Angola failed to clear a corner and Peter Cholopi’s free header went over the crossbar.

After the 65th minute, the Angolans caused all sorts of troubles for Malawi and Va was disappointed as he beat his marker before being denied by keeper Khakhobwe from close range.

Although he was on a holiday in the second half, Neblu was called action in the 76th minute as he produced a fine save to punch away a well struck shot by Dalisto Sailesi.

The last 10 minutes saw Khakhobwe denying the Palancas Negras on a number of occasions, as the score remained goalless after 90 minutes.

Angola 0

Malawi 0

Angola: Neblu, To Carneiro, Carilinhos, Masunguna, Va, Mira, Bugos, Nelson (Paty 65′), Herenilson, Nari, Job

Malawi: Kakhobwe, Sanudi, Mulimbika, Chembezi, Chirwa, Chester, Bokosi (Katinji 46′), Sailesi, Cholopi, Linje, Maganizo

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Seychelles out to shock Zimbabwe – 2017 COSAFA Cup

Liberty Chakoroma of Zimbabwe challenged by Andriamirado Andrianarimanana during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zimbabwe and Madagascar at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 28 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jun 29, 2017. 10:30

Zimbabwe and Seychelles will meet in the 2017 COSAFA Cup Group B match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa on Friday.

Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.

The Warriors were held to a goalless stalemate by Madagascar in their previous group match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.

The draw sees Zimbabwe remain at the top of Group B standings with four points. They are only ahead of second-placed Madagascar on goal difference.

Ovidy Karuru, who scored twice against Mozambique in Zimbabwe’s first match, is the dangerman for the Sunday Chidzambwa-coached side.

Meanwhile, Seychelles were defeated 2-1 by Mozambique in their previous group match which was played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.

The defeat left the Pirates placed fourth on the Group B standings without a single point. They have already been eliminated from the competition.

Rodney Choisy, the Seychelles coach, will look to Bertrand Esther, who plays for St Louis and he is one of the senior players in the Pirates squad.

A victory over Seychelles will see Zimbabwe advance to the quarter-finals as the Group B winners.

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Mozambique eye COSAFA quarter-finals – 2017 COSAFA Cup

Joao Simango of Mozambique challenged by Bertrand Esther of Seychelles during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Seychelles and Mozambique at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 28 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jun 29, 2017. 08:30

Mozambique and Madagascar will clash in the 2017 COSAFA Cup Group B match at the Moruleng Stadium in Moruleng, South Africa on Friday.

Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.

The Black Mambas are coming off a 2-1 victory over Seychelles in their previous group match which was played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.

The victory took Mozambique to third spot on the Group B standings with three points. They are only a point behind group leaders Zimbabwe.

Abel Xavier’s side will look to Telinho, whose full name is Stello Marcelino Ernesto. The lively winger scored against Seychelles.

Meanwhile, Madagascar managed to hold Zimbabwe to a goalless stalemate in their previous group match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.

The draw sees Barea placed second on the Group B standings with four points. They are only behind group leaders Zimbabwe on goal difference.

Rinjala Raherinaivo, who scored during Madagascar’s 2-0 win over Seychelles, will look to inspire Auguste Raux’s side to victory over Mozambique.

The winner between Mozambique and Madagascar is likely to advance to the quarter-finals if the other result between Zimbabwe and Seychelles go their way.

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Angola look to bag second COSAFA win against Malawi

Chikoti Chirwa of Malawi challenged by Jeremy Villeneuve of Mauritius during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Malawi and Mauritius at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 27 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jun 28, 2017. 16:00

Angola will be hoping to bag their second win in the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup on Thursday evening when they face Malawi as they wrap-up their Group A campaign.

The Palancas Negras are fresh from a goalless draw against Tanzania on Tuesday in Rustenburg, South Africa and will now push to claim a win.

However, in their opening game, Angola claimed a 1-0 victory over Mauritius as they occupy the second spot in the group.

Coach Roberto Bianchi’s troops have four points behind log leaders, Taifa Stars, who are better off on goal difference with two compared to one scored by the Angolans.

On the other hand, Malawi will also be gunning for glory and looking to bag their first three points as they are on the verge of missing out on a quarter-final spot.

Malawi are yet to win in the tournament as they opened their 2017 COSAFA Cup account with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Tanzania.

In their second outing, they drew 0-0 against the Mauritius on Tuesday and this encounter pushes them to win at all costs.

They occupy the bottom of the log with one point from two matches so far and have conceded two goals.

Mathematically, a win for for coach Ronny van Geneugden’s side will elevate them to four points equal with log leaders Tanzania and Angola.

However, they will hope to see the two leaders losing their matches for them to qualify for the knockout stages.

Furthermore, the winner in the group is set to meet hosts and defending champions, South Africa in the quarter-finals on Sunday, 02 July.

The third Group A encounter will be staged at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Thursday at 17:00.

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Mauritius frustrate wasteful Malawi – 2017 COSAFA Cup

Innocent Bokosi of Malawi challenged by Emmanuel Jean of Mauritius during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Malawi and Mauritius at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 27 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jun 27, 2017. 19:16

Mauritius held Malawi to a 0-0 draw in the 2017 COSAFA Cup Group A match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Tuesday.

The draw sees the Flames and the Club M remain fourth, and third respectively on the Group A standings with a point each, while group leaders Tanzania have three points.

The Flames threatened first when Innocent Bokosi unleashed a shot which was saved by Mauritius goalkeeper Kevin Jean-Louis 14 minutes into the game.

The Club M also had a chance in the 23rd minute, but Kevin Perticots fired wide of the target without testing Malawi keeper Ernest Kakhobwe.

Jean-Louis was also called into action on the half-hour and this time he denied Malawi striker Jabulani Linje as the Flames continued to press the Club M.

The 28-year-old shot-stopper then denied Sailesi for the second time in the 34th minute as pressure mounted on the Mauritius defence.

However, the Club M were able to contain the Flames and the first-half ended goalless thanks to Jean-Louis’ decent saves.

The Flames continued their dominance in the second-half and John Lanjesi forced Jean-Louis into a save 11 minutes after the restart.

Jean-Louis continued to keep Mauritius in the game and the keeper also denied Malawi striker Bokosi five minutes after the hour-mark.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Mauritius coach Joe Tshupula introduced Laval Jesson Rungassamy as the Club M searched for a late winner.

However, neither side were able to score in the closing stages of the encounter and ultimately, Malawi, and Mauritius drew 0-0.

Malawi (0) 0

Mauritius (0) 0

Malawi: Kakhobwe, Sanudi, Chembezi, Lanjesi, Chirwa, Mhone (Chester 66′), Bokosi, Sailesi, Linje, Maganizo, Chinyama (Mulimbika 58′).

Mauritius: Jean-Louis, Dorza, Vincent-Jean, Rasolofonirina, Balisson, Bell, Langue, Villeneuve, Perticots (Rungassamy 80′), Saramandif (Jocelyn 73′), Eduardo (Rose 90′).

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Defending Cosafa champs SA reveal provisional squad – 2017 COSAFA Cup

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jun 24, 2017. 12:00

Defending Cosafa Cup champions South Africa have revealed their provisional squad for the 2017 edition of the tournament.

The annual regional competition kicks off this weekend in Rustenburg with group stage matches.

Hosts and four-time champions Bafana Bafana will face the winners of Group A (one of Angola, Malawi, Tanzania and Mauritius) in the quarters on July 2.

Coach Stuart Baxter has named a squad dominated by players based in the PSL, though the likes of Liam Jordan and Lebogang Phiri play their club football in Europe.

South Africa won last year’s Cosafa Cup in Namibia after defeating Botswana in the final.

Provisional SA squad:

Goalkeepers: Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs), Baolefa Pule (SuperSport United)

Defenders: Thendo Mukumela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sandile Mthethwa (Orlando Pirates), Mothobi Mvala (Highlands Park), Mario Booysen (SuperSport United), Tercious Malepe (Orlando Pirates), Innocent Maela (Thanda Royal Zulu), Lorenzo Gordinho (Kaizer Chiefs)

Midfielders: Thabo Cele (Real Clubbe FC), Lebogang Maboe (Maritzburg United), Sibongakonke Mbatha (Bidvest Wits), Nduduzo Sibiya (Golden Arrows), Mandla Masango (SuperSport United), Lehlohonolo Masalesa (Larrissa), Lebogang Phiri (EA Guingamp), Aubrey Ngoma (Cape Town City)

Strikers: Liam Jordan (Sporting Lisbon), Judas Moseamedi (Cape Town City)

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Madagascar look for fast start to Cosafa Cup

Gervais Waye-Hive of Seychelles challenged by Tobisoa Njakanirina of Madagascar during the 2016 Cosafa Cup match between Madagascar and Seychelles at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek Namibia on 11 June, 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jun 24, 2017. 09:00

Madagascar will target a strong start to their 2017 Cosafa Cup campaign when they face Seychelles in a Group B clash on Monday 26 June at Moruleng Stadium, kick-off at 19h30 CAT.

With regional heavyweights Zimbabwe and Mozambique the other two teams in the pool, this clash represents a great opportunity for these Island teams to put themselves in early quarterfinal contention.

Madagascar have never won the Cosafa Cup, with their best performance a third-place finish in 2015. Last year Barea were ousted in the group stage after finishing behind Swaziland and Zimbabwe in their pool.

Seychelles have never advanced into the latter stages of the Cosafa Cup, let alone won the tournament. The Pirates had a poor campaign in the 2016 edition, as they lost all three group matches, failed to score even a single goal and conceded 10 in the process.

Barea and the Pirates have met three times in the Cosafa Cup and the former can boast an unbeaten record, with two wins and a draw. The teams’ last meeting was in the group stage in 2016, with Madagascar winning 1-0 in Windhoek thanks to a goal from Tojo Claudel Fanomezana.

The other Group B match at Moruleng Stadium on Monday sees Mozambique take on Zimbabwe at 17h00 CAT.

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Sunday Chidzambwa wants to reach the COSAFA Cup final

Zimbabwe national team players mob captain Knowledge Musona (17) during the African Nations Cup Qualifying match between Zimbabwe and Liberia played at the National Sports Stadium in Harare,Zimbabwe,11 June 2017.

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 23, 2017. 11:00

Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa wants to reach the final of the upcoming 2017 COSAFA Cup in South Africa.

Speaking to the Zimbabwean media ahead of their trip to the neighbouring country, the Warriors manager says his mission is to reach final.

The tournament is scheduled to start in Rustenburg on Sunday.

Chidzambwa previously led the country to glory in 2009.

Chidzambwa remains confident in the capabilities of the squad he picked for the tournament, where he chose to blend experience with youth.


“As a coach, you always want to get to the final, and for me personally, I would love to get to the final,” the veteran coach said.

“I have gone to the COSAFA finals twice and I just hope and pray that for the third time in a row, I will again get to the final and win the trophy.

“I’m hoping we get past the group stages and get to the knockout stages and the final.”

Zimbabwe will start the competition in the preliminary rounds and are in Group B alongside Mozambique, Madagascar and the Seychelles.

They meet the Mambas on Monday, June 26 at 17:00 (CAT).

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Radipotsane names final Botswana squad for COSAFA Cup

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jun 22, 2017. 17:00

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) have made a change in the Zebras technical team ahead of the upcoming 2017 COSAFA Cup in North West, South Africa.

The Zebras, who are now under the guidance of Oris Boyo Radipoditsane, reached last year’s final where they lost to South Africa in Namibia.

The BFA have revealed that legendary Botswana goalkeeper Modiri Marumo has joined the Zebras technical team as the goalkeeper coach.

Botswana are scheduled to face Zambia in a quarter-final clash at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 1st of July 2017.

Zebras squad:

Mwampule MASULE


Micheal JAMES Mosha



Kebonyemodisa T. LEINANYANE


Lebogang DITSELE





Onkabetse SEFORO


Ofentse NATO






Hendrick MOYO

Lemogang MASWENA

Anthony GOUWS


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Stuart Baxter focusing on COSAFA Cup with South Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 16, 2017. 15:00

Following his first two matches as the new national team coach for South Africa, Stuart Baxter says he is now shifting his focus to the upcoming COSAFA Cup.

The 2016 COSAFA champions are set to host this year’s edition in the North West province in Rustenburg from 25 June until 9 July.

Despite bagging a crucial 2-0 win over Nigeria in a 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday, the South Africans lost 2-1 to Zambia in a friendly this past Tuesday.

Baxter has said that he would be using the bulk of the SA Under-20 squad that played in the 2017 FIFA World Youth Cup in South Korea for the regional showpiece.

“We want to win every game. But the loss to Zambia is not a train smash. I changed the entire side from the XI that started against Nigeria, as friendlies are for development,” said Baxter to the media.

“I’m a lot wiser after the first week in camp and the fact that I was able to give all 25 players game-time during the two matches was a goal we achieved. It gave me a chance to look at everyone in camp.

“I will try and get some experienced overseas based players to balance the squad. But as this is an off-season tournament it won’t be easy. At the same time I don’t want to give away Bafana caps.”

Bafana are set to play their first match against the Group A winners on 2 July. Group A consists of Tanzania, Malawi and Mauritius.

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Five newcomers in Tanzania squad for COSAFA Cup

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 16, 2017. 13:30

Tanzania head coach Salum Mayanga has named five newcomers in the Taifa Stars squad ahead of 2017 COSAFA Cup in North West, South Africa.

Amim Abdulkarim from Toto Africans, Raphael Daudi of Mbeya City, Azam’s Shaban Iddi, Stahimili Mbonde from Mtibwa Sugar and Salmin Hoza of Mbao were all called up for the first time.

The Taifa Stars, who are in Group A with Mauritius, Malawi and Angola, have been invited to participate in the Southern African competition.

Tanzania’s first match will be against Malawi at the Moruleng Stadium in Moruleng, North West. Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT on Sunday, 25 June.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Aishi Salum Manula (Azam), Benno David Kakolanya (Young Africans), Said Mohammed Said (Mtibwa Sugar)

Defenders: Shomari Salum Kapombe (Azam), Hassan Ramadhan Kessy (Young Africans),

Gadiel Michael (Azam), Amim Abdulkarim (Toto Africans), Erasto Nyoni (Azam), Salim Hassan Abdallah (Mtibwa Sugar), Abdi Banda (Simba), Nurdin Chona (Tanzania Prisons)

Midfielders: Himid Mao (Azam), Salmin Hoza (Mbao), Mzamiru Yassin Selembe (Simba), Simon Happygod Msuva (Young Africans), Raphael Daudi (Mbeya City), Shizza Ramadhani Kichuya (Simba)


Thomas Emmanuel Ulimwengu (AFC Eskilstuna, Sweden), Mbaraka Abeid Yusufu (Kagera Sugar), Stamili Mbonde (Mtibwa Sugar), Elius Maguli (Dhofar SC), Shabani Idd Chilunda (Azam)

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