TWO WEEKS TO KICK-OFF OF THE COSAFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

COSAFA CUP

The 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championship will get under way in Nelson Mandela Bay in a little over two weeks’ time, where the 12 competing teams will battle it out for the coveted trophy.

Fans will be able to watch the games for FREE, with details on where to collect tickets to be released shortly

The tournament will get under way on July 31 when Zimbabwe tackle Angola at the Wolfson Stadium at 10h00, with three matches per day in the first round.    That is until August 5, when Group A and C will conclude, and matches played simultaneously. 

The semifinals will take place on August 8, with the third-place play-off set for two days later and the final to be contested on August 11.

South Africa will be the defending champions and coach Des Ellis says she expects all their first round opponents – Comoros Islands, Malawi and Madagascar – to try and make a statement by getting a win against the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup participants.

“The expectation is always there, being Banyana and the defending champions. People will want to knock you off your perch, especially having been to the World Cup. But we have to show what we learnt at the World Cup and why we qualified to be there,” she said.

"We want to give the fans a taste of what we learnt at the World Cup, otherwise that experience counts for nothing.   "It won't be easy, when you play the minnows they raise their game. No-one needs motivation to play a team that has come from the World Cup.”

Ellis also expects the crowds to turn out again to support the side, just as they did in last year’s tournament, when Banyana defeated Cameroon in the final.    

“The fans were amazing last year, they gave us such great support and it makes a real difference to the players. It gives us such a lift. We hope to see them back again this year.”

Running concurrently with the senior women’s championship will be the inaugural 2019 COSAFA Women’s Under-20 Championship from August 1-11, also to be staged in Nelson Mandela Bay.

2019 COSAFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURE REMINDER

DATE KO       GRP     FIXTURE                  VENUE

31/07 10h00 C Zimbabwe vs Angola Wolfson Stadium

31/07 12h45 A Malawi vs Madagascar Wolfson Stadium

31/07 15h30 A South Africa vs Comoros Wolfson Stadium

01/08 10h00 C Mozambique vs Eswatini Wolfson Stadium

01/08 12h45 B Zambia vs Mauritius Wolfson Stadium

01/08 15h30 B Namibia vs Botswana Wolfson Stadium

02/08 10h00 A Comoros vs Madagascar Wolfson Stadium

02/08 12h45 C Zimbabwe vs Mozambique  Wolfson Stadium

02/08 15h30 A South Africa vs Malawi Wolfson Stadium

03/08 10h00 B Zambia vs Namibia         Wolfson Stadium

03/08 12h45 B Mauritius vs Botswana Wolfson Stadium

03/08 15h30 C Angola vs Eswatini         Wolfson Stadium

05/08 12h45 A South Africa vs Madagascar         Wolfson Stadium

05/08 12h45 A Malawi vs Comoros         Gelvandale Stadium

05/08 15h30 C Zimbabwe vs Eswatini Wolfson Stadium

05/08 15h30 C Mozambique vs Angola         Gelvandale Stadium

06/08 15h30 B Zambia vs Botswana Wolfson Stadium

06/08 15h30 B Namibia vs Mauritius Gelvandale Stadium

SEMI-FINALS

08/08 12h30 19 Winner Grp B vs Best Runner-up         Wolfson Stadium

08/08 15h30 20 Winner Grp A vs Winner Grp C Wolfson Stadium

THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF

10/08 15h00 21 Loser M19 vs Loser M20      Wolfson Stadium

FINAL

11/08 15h00 23 Winner M19 vs Winner M20 Wolfson Stadium



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