Namibia withdraw from COSAFA Under-20
Eswatini’s Group B opponents Namibia made a late withdrawal from the 2018 MOPANI Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships in Kitwe, Zambia, citing financial constraints as the cause.
This was revealed by Chairman of COSAFA’s Competitions Committee Timothy Shongwe on the organisation’s website yesterday.
The chairman said they were disappointed by the team’s withdrawal but the competition would continue as planned with no changes. “We are obviously very disappointed following the withdrawal of Namibia, who were likely to bring a strong squad to this championship in Zambia. Nevertheless, we still have an exciting field and are looking forward to another excellent tournament in Zambia filled with entertaining football,” said the chairman.
SOCCER - Valued
Shongwe went on to thank the organisers and hosts of the tournament. “We thank our Zambian hosts and our valued partners in MOPANI Copper Mines for their continued support of Under-20 football in Southern Africa,” said the chairman. Worth noting is that this is the second time Namibia has had to withdraw after doing so in 2016 finals for the same reason.
This means that Eswatini’s group at the tournament will have just three sides which include South Africa and Mauritius, with each team to play one less fixture in their pool.
Despite Namibia’s withdrawal, the tournament regulations will remain the same, meaning that only the top team in Group B will advance to the semi-finals.
The winners of each pool and the best runnerup go through to the knockout phase, but the latter will in all likelihood only come from Groups A and C. The regional championships kick-off tomorrow and will run until December 14 as 11 teams compete for the coveted title.