Harare – Namibia have been drawn to face giants Zambia in Group C of the 2021 Cosafa Women’s Championship, which will be held in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa from September 15 to 26.
The draw was held August 12 in South Africa with 12 teams, including the two guest nations of South Sudan and Uganda, placed in three groups of four teams each.
The top team in each group and the overall best runners-up progress to the semi-finals.
That means Namibia will have to be at their best to not only outwit Zambia but to also elbow out eSwatini and Uganda to progress to the semis.
Zambia have their confidence up after a gallant showing at the just-ended Tokyo Olympic Games.
They boast of star players who illuminated the scene at their maiden dance at the quadrennial showcase, including multiple records breaker and captain, Barbra Banda, who scored two consecutive hat-tricks at the Games. Banda is Africa’s top goal scorer at the Olympics.
Zimbabwe will have to up their game after being drawn to face 2020 runners-up Botswana in Group B.
The Mighty Warriors have seen their stock dropping and have struggled in recent Cosafa tournaments, and this year they have also been drawn against Tanzania and South Sudan.
Defending champions and record winners South Africa, who have won seven of the eight editions of the tournament, will face Angola, Malawi and Mozambique in Group A. The only time that Banyana Banyana failed to win the Cosafa trophy was in 2011 when hosts Zimbabwe grabbed it.
At the 2021 draw ceremony, Cosafa Secretary-General Sue Destombes said: “This will be our second COSAFA Women’s Championship played during the COVID-19 pandemic after the successful staging of the event last November and we once again thank the Eastern Cape Province and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for their tremendous support.”
Group A: South Africa, Angola, Malawi Mozambique
Group B: Botswana, Tanzania, South Sudan, Zimbabwe
Group C: Zambia, Namibia, eSwatini, Uganda