In this edition of The COSAFA Show we look ahead to the exciting TotalEnergies AFCON U20 Egypt 2023 | COSAFA Qualifier in Eswatini from October 7-16, where the best young talent in the regional will go head-to-head.
They will not only chase the coveted COSAFA trophy, but also attempt to qualify for the continental finals that will be held in Egypt early next year.
That competition in turn is the qualification route for the 2023 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia, where the leading four sides will head to Asia.
We speak to Mozambique coach Dario Monteiro, who led his side to the title two years ago and will be back to defend the trophy after no competition was possible last year due to the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
He gives us a fascinating insight into his team and also speaks about his time with Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League.
We also chat with Eswatini coach Mduduzi Nxumalo as he leads the hosts into the competition and seeks a first knockout phase place for his team in 20 years.
Lastly, we get an insight into the COSAFA Beach Soccer Youth Festival that is being held in Durban alongside the HOLLYWOODBETS COSAFA Beach Soccer Championship.