The competition – whose matches have been reshuffled following the withdrawal of the Comoros – will start on July 6 and end on July 18
Zambian defender Kabaso Chongo has explained why he will not approach the Cosafa Cup tournament as the defending champion.
The TP Mazembe star returned to the fold of the national team after being suspended last year just after playing a friendly against Kenya in Nairobi and said they had to work hard to start the campaign with a victory.
Chipolopolo was due to start the tournament with a match against Comoros, who withdrew due to their government’s restrictions on coronaviruses. The withdrawal forced Cosafa’s management to reshuffle the matches.
Following the withdrawal of the Islanders, Group B will remain with three teams: Zambia, Malawi and Madagascar. The Flames face Madagascar in the group opener on Wednesday, followed by a match between Zambia and Malagasy on July 10. Zambia and Malawi will play the final group match on July 13.
“We’re going to take it one game at a time, as the first game we have to take it very seriously. If we win the first game it will give us the momentum to win the next game,” Chongo told the Faz media. “We will not go into the tournament because we are champions, we will have to work hard to make things right. Those in the starting XI have to work hard.”
Chongo also praised the role the Southern African Regional Tournament has played in career development.
“There is no small tournament, for us even friendly matches are very important. Cosafa has created opportunities for a lot of players. Others have been bought by foreign clubs because of the big Cosafa tournament. future players must believe in themselves and strive to be better than those before them, ”he concluded.
Meanwhile, Amazulu striker Augustine Mulenga has said he hopes every member of the Zambian squad will approach the tournament with the spirit of defending the trophy.
“When you’re champion, he’s always going to be eager to defend the trophy, which is always good, because I think everyone will go into the tournament with the sole intention of defending it,” he said. league and they deserve to be a part of the national team and I think everyone will impress. “
Complete luminaires from Cosafa;
July 6: Group A: Eswatini vs Lesotho and South Africa vs Botswana.
July 7: Group B: Madagascar vs Malawi and Zambia
July 8: Group C: Mozambique vs Zimbabwe and Senegal vs Namibia
July 9: Group A: Lesotho vs Botswana and South Africa vs Eswatini.
July 10: Group B: Malawi vs Comoros and Madagascar vs Zambia
11 July: Group C: Zimbabwe vs Namibia and Mozambique vs Senegal
July 13: Group B: Comoros vs Madagascar and Zambia vs Malawi
July 13: Group A: Botswana vs Eswatini and South Africa vs Lesotho
July 14th: Group C: Namibia against Mozambique and Senegal against Zimbabwe.
July 16: Semi-finals: Winner A versus Best runner-up and Winner B versus Winner C
July 17: Losing play-offs for third place semi 1 vs Loser Semi 2
July 18: – Final.