Two COSAFA draws to take place on Wednesday!

There will be two draws taking place at COSAFA House on Wednesday, August 28 as the pools for both the 2019 COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship in Mauritius and COSAFA Men’s Under-17 Championship in Malawi are determined.

The draws will take place at 11h00 and will be streamed live via COSAFATV.

The women’s competition will be staged from September 20-29 in the Indian Ocean island and is the inaugural event in this age-group as COSAFA shows further commitment to growing the women’s game in the region after also staging the first ever Under-20 championship in Nelson Mandela Bay earlier this month.

The eight-team field contains Botswana, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and East African guest nation Uganda, with the teams split into two pools of four sides each.

The top two teams in each pool will advance to the semifinals, after which the competition is played in a knockout format.

The men’s Under-17 competition returns for a fourth year in succession and will take place in Malawi from October 11-20.

The field contains Angola, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia, with the tournament played in the same format as the women’s event.

Angola are the defending champions after they defeated South Africa 1-0 in the 2018 final.

South Africa lead the trophy wins with two, while Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia are also past winners.

The tournaments are among six to be staged by COSAFA this year after the senior COSAFA Cup in Durban, and the senior Women’s and Under-20 events in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The COSAFA Men’s Under-20 Championship is also scheduled to be hosted in Zambia from December 4-15.