“Zambia play host to the 2013 COSAFA Cup”
Windhoek – The Confederation of Southern African Football has confirmed Equatorial Guinea’s participation in this year’s COSAFA Cup after Tanzania pulled out.
Sukethu Patel of COSAFA this past week issued a statement indicating Equatorial Guinea would replace Tanzania, while adding that there was a possibility that another team from outside the region might also be invited to the tourney. The additional team will most likely be from East Africa.
Zambia play host to the 2013 COSAFA Cup.
Patel said, “Competition is expected to improve at the Zambia tournament this year after we agreed to give the Guineans a chance. We expect this to improve the relationship of football among the member nations and more so from other regions.”
Tanzania pulled out of the COSAFA Cup – which returns to Southern Africa’s sports calendar after a three-year absence induced by lack of sponsorship – after the tournament clashed with the team’s preparations for the African Championship of Nations Cup (CHAN).
CHAN is a tournament for African players who are based in Africa, unlike AFCON which is open to players plying their trade anywhere in the world as long as they have citizenship of any CAF member.
Zimbabwe have won the COSAFA Cup a record four times, while Zambia and South Africa have won it three times apiece.