No neighbourly love in COSAFA quarters
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
RUSTENBURG, (CAJ News) – THE Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup progresses to the quarterfinal stage with vastly-improving Namibia eager to claim the scalp of another regional powerhouse in the form of Zambia.
The spotlight will also be on Ghana, who, if they go all the way and clinch the tournament, would be the first side from outside the Southern African bloc to win it.
However, it is the match between Namibia and Zambia that could determine if the form of the Brave Warriors of Namibia is just a flash in the pan or suggest a team that is on the rise.
The match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday comes hot on the heels of the Namibians slaying joint record-holders Zimbabwe in an
embarrassingly one-sided match at the Moruleng Stadium.
The match ended 4-1 in one of the biggest upsets in recent COSAFA history.
Defending champions Zambia, joint four-time winners alongside Zimbabwe,
should thus be wary at the form of their north-eastern neighbours ahead of
the Last Eight encounter.
Elsewhere, hosts South Africa would be keen to get their campaign off to a
positive start but will not have an easy outing against neighbouring
Botswana also on Sunday at Moruleng Stadium.
Another battle pitting neighbours features Malawi and Mozambique at the
Moruleng Stadium on Monday.
On the same day, guest team Ghana will play unpredictable Madagascar.
The tournament concludes next weekend.
– CAJ News
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