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Zimbabwe Warriors kicked out of Cosafa

by Staff reporter
08 Jun 2022 at 18:30hrs | Views
ZIMBABWE are officially out of the 2022 COSAFA Cup to be staged in Durban next month.

COSAFA has announced that only Zimbabwe will be missing due to their ongoing FIFA suspension.

Initially, COSAFA had indicated Zimbabwe may have a chance of participating in the competition in the event the ban is lifted before the draw of the competition.

The draw is set to be held at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on June 14.

The tournament runs from July 5-17 and will again feature last year's losing finalists Senegal as the guest nation.

COSAFA said: "The regional championship will be contested for the 21st time having made its debut in 1997 and will this year feature 13 of the 14 COSAFA nations. Only Zimbabwe will be missing due to their ongoing FIFA suspension."

There will be two phases to the draw. The first sees the eight lowest positioned sides in the latest FIFA Rankings contesting the first round pool stage. They will be split into two groups of four sides each.

The top teams in each pool advance to the quarter-finals where they will be joined by the six higher ranked sides.

The seeded teams for the first pool stage are Malawi, Angola, Comoros Islands and Lesotho, while Botswana, Eswatini, Mauritius and Seychelles are unseeded.

They will be drawn one by one in Groups A and B until those are full.

Source - The Chronicle