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Zambia draw Botswana in 2017 Cosafa

Zambia has been drawn against Botswana at the 2017 edition of the Cosafa Castle Cup to be staged in South Africa from June 25-July 9.

According to draws conducted in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening, Wedson Nyirenda’s side was among the six excluded from preliminary rounds due to their past record in the tournament.

The draw adds to the many fronts the Chipolopolo will be doing duty on this year with the African Nations Championship (CHAN), Africa Cup of Nations and the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Zambia will play Botswana on July 1 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

The six that will join at the quarter final stage are South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, Zambia and Lesotho.

Fourteen teams will slug it out at the 20th edition of the Cosafa Castle Cup that will be played in South Africa’s North West province.

South Africa are the reigning champions after they dethroned Namibia at the 2016 edition while Tanzania will participate as the guest team after Comoros Islands withdrew.

South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe have each won four COSAFA Castle Cup titles since the tournament was first played in 1997, with Angola (three wins) and Namibia the only other teams to lift the trophy.

2017 COSAFA CASTLE CUP FIXTURES:

GROUP PHASE

DATE FIXTURE TIME VENUE

25/6/17 Tanzania vs Malawi 15h00 Moruleng Stadium

25/6/17 Mauritius vs Angola 17h30 Moruleng Stadium

26/6/17 Mozambique vs Zimbabwe 17h00 Moruleng Stadium

26/6/17 Madagascar vs Seychelles 19h30 Moruleng Stadium

27/6/17 Malawi vs Mauritius 17h00 Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace

27/6/17 Angola vs Tanzania 19h30 Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace

28/6/17 Zimbabwe vs Madagascar 17h00 Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace

28/6/17 Seychelles vs Mozambique 19h30 Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace

29/6/17 Tanzania vs Mauritius 17h00 Moruleng Stadium

29/6/17 Malawi vs Angola 17h00 Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace

30/6/17 Mozambique vs Madagascar 17h00 Moruleng Stadium

30/6/17 Zimbabwe vs Seychelles 17h00 Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace

QUARTERFINALS

01/7/17 Botswana vs Zambia 15h00 Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace

01/7/17 Namibia vs Lesotho 17h30 Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace

02/7/17 South Africa vs Win. Group A 17h00 Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace

02/7/17 Swaziland vs Win. Group B 19h30 Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace







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