COSAFA sides gear up for African Women’s Championship qualifiers

Four teams from the COSAFA region will be involved in 2016 African Women’s Championship qualifiers this week as they seek to book a place in the finals tournament in Cameroon.

The quartet or in the final stage of the qualification process, but only two can emerge victorious after they were paired together in the second round.

South Africa travel to Botswana on Saturday for the first leg of their tie.

The match will be played at the Lobatse Sports Complex with a kick-off time of 16h00.

The return leg will be played next Tuesday (April 12), with the winner to advance to the finals in Cameroon.

Before that regional heavyweights Zimbabwe and Zambia clash in the first leg of their tie in Harare on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe will be favourites having booked their place at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro later this year.

The second leg is scheduled for the Nokoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday.

The 2016 African Women’s Championship is to be staged in Cameroon from November 19 to December 3 and at this stage will be played at two venues – Yaoundé and Limbe.

The eight qualifiers will be split into two pools each containing four sides, with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semifinals.

Hosts Cameroon are the only side guaranteed a place in the finals so far.