Harare – COSAFA says eight clubs will battle it out in the inaugural regional Women’s Champions League to be played either in June or August at a venue still to be finalised.
This contest will also serve as a qualifier for the first CAF Women’s Champions League scheduled for this year. CAF will announce the hosts of the continental tourney.
In the COSAFA region, eight teams will be split into two groups of four each with the top two from each mini-league advancing to the semi-finals.
Namibian giants Tura Magic and all-conquering Zimbabwe side Black Rhinos Queens lead the cast which also has Prisons XI (Botswana), Manzini Wanderers LFC (Eswatini), Lesotho Defence Forces, Costa Do Sol (Mozambique), Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC (South Africa) and Green Buffaloes Women FC (Zambia).
In a statement Wednesday, COSAFA boss Sue Destombes said: “We are incredibly excited to stage our first COSAFA Women’s Champions League, which will be a chance for the leading clubs in the region to not only lift a prestigious trophy, but also take their place at the continental finals.
“Adding to our senior women’s championship and the junior events in the Under-17 and Under-20 age groups, this new competition enhances our commitment to women’s football and advancing the sport in our region.
“We only have to look at our national teams to see the enormous talent in the Southern Africa and I am quite sure that our club sides can make a big impact at the CAF Women’s Champions League in the future.”