The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) draw, which was slated to take place in Windhoek, took place in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday, 28 April.
The draw will kick off with group stages that will see only one team proceed to the knock out stages to phase already-waiting teams. Hosts Namibia were drawn to face neighbours Botswana. DR Congo will take on Mozambique while Zambia and South Africa will have to wait for winners of group A and B comfortably.
The group matches will be played between 11 and 16 June at the Sam Nujoma and Independence stadiums. Quarterfinal action will be on 18 and 19 June, with the Plate semi-final to be contested on 21 June and the semi-finals proper slated for 22 June. The Plate final will be on 24 June and the match for third place as well as the final to be played on 25 June.
Namibia’s triumph of the cup last year send out waves to the continent and served as an indication to the big teams that the fields have been leveled. Unlike teams in the group stages, teams in waiting to will unfortunately also not have plenty friendlies to prepare themselves – this makes the tournament
NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro, who is also a member of the Cosafa Local Organising Committee assure the continent that the hosts are ready to blow the whistle to the games. “We want to repeat what we did last year. Both the players and the couch are ready. And the entire nation is waiting,” he said. Below is an outlook of the tournament flow.
COSAFA Castle Cup 2016 Draw
Group Stage Group A Group B
South Africa vs Winner Group B
Botswana vs Namibia
Zambia vs Winner Group A
DR Congo vs Mozambique