THE 2019 Cosafa Women’s Championship will be staged in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth for the second year running as hosts South Africa seek to retain the title they won in a dramatic fashion 12 months ago.
Banyana Banyana, who will be fresh from their maiden appearance at the Fifa Women’s World Cup, defeated guest nation Cameroon in last year’s decider and will be among the favourites again for the July 31-August 11 regional showpiece competition.
South Africa are, in fact, going for a hat-trick of titles after also lifting the 2017 title in Zimbabwe, and head an excellent field where the best women’s talent in the Southern African region will be on display. Cosafa president Philip Chiyangwa said:
“We are delighted to be hosting our annual Women’s Championship in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth for a second year running. It is a city with a rich football heritage that has produced many fantastic players down the years. People came out in huge numbers to support the tournament in 2018 and the atmosphere at matches was electric, with the standard of football on the pitch adding to the excitement and drama.
“We would once again like to thank the South African Football Association for their support, as well as our gracious hosts, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. We are set to have an exciting field containing the best of our region and it shows once more the tremendous growth of the women’s game among our members.”
Apart from South Africa, other confirmed participants are Angola, Botswana, Comoros Islands, Eswatini, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The draw for the competition will take place on 3 July and will see the 12 teams split into three groups each containing four sides.
The top team in each pool will advance to the semi-finals along with the best-placed runner-up.