Women’s football makes its return

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Harare - The Council of Southern African Football Associations says this year’s edition of the Women’s COSAFA Cup will be held from November 3-14 in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa.

The final decision to proceed with the tournament comes barely a fortnight after the cancellation of the men’s edition of the 2020 COSAFA Cup after the governing body of regional football said countries had little time to prepare for the tournament which had been scheduled for the October FIFA international window.

Instead, men’s national teams are using the window to engage in friendlies in preparation for upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

However, the green light has been given for the women’s tournament, and COSAFA expressed its delight in hosting what will be the first major tourney on the continent since the suspension of sporting activities in most countries early in the year as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “The 2020 COSAFA Women’s Championship is to take centre-stage in South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Bay from November 3-14 in what are expected to be the first women’s internationals staged on the African continent since the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc with the football calendar,” said COSAFA.

In addition, COSAFA said it would run the Women’s Under-17 Championship at the same time in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“COSAFA also intends to stage its Women’s Under-17 Championship concurrently with the senior competition from November 5-13, providing some much-needed international competition in this crucial age-group,” said the confederation.

South Africa’s Banyanya Banyana – one of the strongest sides in Africa - are the holders of the COSAFA Women’s championship.

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