On Friday 3 May 2013, the official draw took place for this year’s tournament at a gala event in Lusaka, Zambia.
The tournament kicks off at Lusaka on the 6th of July at 14h30, with Namibia playing against Mauritius followed by Tanzania playing Seychelles.
The COSAFA CUP Zambia 2013 makes a welcome return to the global football calendar after a three-year absence with the 2013 edition to be staged in Zambia from July 6-21.
K MOTION PICTURES, a Johannesburg based media organisation, has been contracted by COSAFA as the official global broadcast rights distributor for the tournament.
The tournament sees Africa’s favourite beer, Castle Lager, renew its partnership with the regional showpiece after being headline sponsors of the event from 1997 to 2007.
“We are delighted to renew our partnership with COSAFA and further our shared aim of uplifting football in the Southern African region. We have long acknowledged the key role that the COSAFA CUP plays in the uplifting the game in Southern Africa,” says David Minja; SABMiller Africa Premium Brands Manager.
The 2013 tournament will be played at three venues in Lusaka, Ndola and Kabwe and features 14 competing nations with two guest countries from the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) region in the field.
The Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) countries which will take part in the COSAFA CUP Zambia 2013 are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They will be joined by Kenya and Tanzania from CECAFA in what is an exciting field for this prestigious event.
“We are delighted with the entrants for the return of the COSAFA CUP Zambia 2013 this July. The return of our showpiece regional competition is long overdue and we are excited at the prospect of once again seeing the best players from the Southern African region compete for the title,” says Cosafa President Suketu Patel.
The tournament format will be the same as in last event staged in Zimbabwe in 2009, with the eight lowest ranked teams according to the April 2013 FIFA World Rankings playing a round robin competition.
The eight sides will be split into two pools of four sides, with just the group winners advancing to the knockout stages. There they will be joined by the top six nations according to the CAF rankings, who receive a bye into the quarterfinals. That means the six nations who will automatically advance to the quarterfinals are Zambia (7), South Africa (11), Angola (25), Zimbabwe (28), Mozambique (30) and Malawi (32).
The tournament will then follow a traditional knockout format after that, with matches being decided by extra time and/or penalty shoot-out if no winner can be determined in normal time.
The COSAFA CASTLE CUP was first played in 1997 as a regional championship for Southern African sides. Zimbabwe heads the honours list with four titles, while Zambia, South Africa and Angola have three each. They are the only countries to have won the event.
This year’s tournament will also be used to promote COSAFA’s partnership with United Against Malaria (UAM).