COSAFA Cup

The COSAFA Cup or COSAFA Senior Challenge is an annual tournament for teams from Southern Africa organized by Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA), inaugurated after the ban against the Republic of South Africa had been lifted and the African Cup of Nations had been staged there in 1996.

COSAFA Cup
Founded1997
RegionSouthern Africa (COSAFA)
Number of teams16
Current champions Zambia
(5th title)
Most successful team(s) Zimbabwe (6 titles)
Websitehttp://www.cosafa.com
2019 COSAFA Cup

History

The following teams have participated in the tournament in the past: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Eswatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Additionally, six non-COSAFA members have competed: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Zimbabwe has won the most titles with six wins, followed by Zambia with five and South Africa with four wins. The first editions of the competition were a knockout tournament staged over several months. As the competition grew, it transformed into a series of mini-tournaments.[1]

The 2010 COSAFA Senior Challenge was to be the 14th edition of the football tournament that involves teams from Southern Africa. In July 2010 it was confirmed that Angola would host the competition.[2] The 2010 edition of the competition was cancelled in October, 2010.[3] COSAFA stated that the Angolan authorities did not give enough guarantees to host the tournament.

Winners

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1997
Details
Home/away
Zambia
n/a
Namibia

Mozambique
n/a
Tanzania
1998
Details
Home/away
Zambia
n/a
Zimbabwe

Angola
n/a
Namibia
1999
Details
Home/away
Angola
1–0
1–1

Namibia
 Swaziland and  Zambia
2000
Details
Home/away
Zimbabwe
3–0
3–0

Lesotho
 South Africa and  Angola
2001
Details
Home/away
Angola
0–0
1–0

Zimbabwe

Malawi
2–1
Zambia
2002
Details
Home/away
South Africa
3–1
1–0

Malawi
 Swaziland and  Zambia
2003
Details
Home/away
Zimbabwe
2–1
2–0

Malawi
 Zambia and  Swaziland
2004
Details
Various hosts
Angola
0–0
(5–4 pen.)

Zambia
 Mozambique and  Zimbabwe
2005
Details
 Mauritius
 Namibia
 South Africa
 Zambia

Zimbabwe
1–0
Zambia
 South Africa and  Angola
2006
Details
Various hosts
Zambia
2–0
Angola
 Botswana and  Zimbabwe
2007
Details
 Botswana
 Mozambique
 South Africa
 Swaziland

South Africa
0–0
(4–3 pen.)

Zambia
 Botswana and  Mozambique
2008
Details
 South Africa
South Africa
2–1
Mozambique

Zambia
2–0
Madagascar
2009
Details
 Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
3–1
Zambia

Mozambique
1–0
South Africa
2010  Angola Cancelled[4] Cancelled
2013
Details
 Zambia
Zambia
2–0
Zimbabwe

South Africa
2–1
Lesotho
2015
Details
 South Africa
Namibia
2–0
Mozambique

Madagascar
2–1
Botswana
2016
Details
 Namibia
South Africa
3–2
Botswana

Swaziland
1–0
DR Congo
2017
Details
 South Africa
Zimbabwe
3–1
Zambia

Tanzania
0–0
(4–2 pen.)

Lesotho
2018
Details
 South Africa
Zimbabwe
4–2 (a.e.t.)
Zambia

Lesotho
1–0
Madagascar
2019
Details
 South Africa
Zambia
1–0
Botswana

Zimbabwe
2–2
(5–4 pen.)

Lesotho

^n/a A round-robin tournament determined the final standings.

Winners Summary

As of 2019.

Team Winners Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place Semi-finalists Top 4 Finishes
 Zimbabwe 6 (2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2017, 2018) 3 (1998, 2001, 2013) 1 (2019) 2 (2004, 2006) 12
 Zambia 5 (1997, 1998, 2006, 2013, 2019) 6 (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2017, 2018) 1 (2008) 1 (2001) 3 (1999, 2002, 2003) 16
 South Africa 4 (2002, 2007, 2008, 2016) 1 (2013) 1 (2009) 2 (2000, 2005) 8
 Angola 3 (1999, 2001, 2004) 1 (2006) 1 (1998) 2 (2000, 2005) 7
 Namibia 1 (2015) 2 (1997, 1999) 1 (1998) 4
 Mozambique 2 (2008, 2015) 2 (1997, 2009) 2 (2004, 2007) 6
 Malawi 2 (2002, 2003) 1 (2001) 3
 Botswana 2 (2016, 2019) 1 (2015) 2 (2006, 2007) 5
 Lesotho 1 (2000) 1 (2018) 3 (2013, 2017, 2019) 5
 Eswatini[lower-alpha 1] 1 (2016) 3 (1999, 2002, 2003) 4
 Madagascar 1 (2015) 2 (2008, 2018) 3
 Tanzania 1 (2017) 1 (1997) 2
 DR Congo 1 (2016) 1

Appearance

Legend
Team 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 20102 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
 Angola 3rd1stSF1stQF1R1stSF2nd1R(2nd.C)QFQFxQFGSGSGS––1 16
 Botswana 1R1R2R1R1R1RQFQF1R(2nd.B)SFSFQFQFxGS4th2ndQFQF2nd 19
 Comoros GSGSxGSQF 4
 Eswatini[lower-alpha 1] 1R1RSFQFQFSFSFQF1R(SF.C)1R(3rd.B)1R(3rd.B)GSGSxGSGS3rdQFQFGS 19
 Lesotho 1R1RQF2ndQF1R1R1R1R(SF.C)1R(2nd.A)1R(4th.C)GSGSx4thGSQF4th3rd4th 19
 Madagascar ––QFQF1R1R(SF.A)1R(4th.B)1R(3rd.A)4th––1x3rdGSGS4th 11
 Malawi 5th1R2RQFSF2nd2ndQF1R(2nd.C)1R(4th.C)1R(4th.B)GSQFxQFQFGSGSGSQF 19
 Mauritius 1RQF1R1RQF1R(2nd.A)1R(4th.A)1R(2nd.B)GSGSxGSGSGSGSGSGS 16
 Mozambique 3rd5thQF1R1RQFQFSF1R(SF.B)1R(3rd.A)SF2nd3rdxQF2ndQFGSGSGS 19
 Namibia 2nd4th2ndQF1R1R1R1R1R(SF.B)1R(3rd.C)1R(3rd.C)QFQFxQF1stQFQFQFGS 19
 Seychelles ––1R(SF.A)1R(2nd.C)1R(4th.A)GSGSxGSGSGSGSGSGS 11
 South Africa 1RQFSFQF1stQF1RSF1R(2nd.B)1st1st4thx3rdQF1stQFQFQF 18
 Zambia 1st1stSFQFSFSFSF2nd2nd1st2nd3rd2ndx1stQFQF2nd2nd1st 19
 Zimbabwe 1R2ndQF1st2ndQF1stSF1stSF1R(2nd.A)QF1stx2ndGSGS1st1st3rd 19
Guest Nations
 DR Congo* 4th 1
 Equatorial Guinea* ––1 0
 Ghana* QF 1
 Kenya* GS 1
 Tanzania* 4th––1GS3rd 3
 Uganda* QF 1
Total91010111212121213131314130 (13)131414141413

*D.R. Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda are not COSAFA members, but have been invited to participate in the past.
1 Withdrew from tournament.
2 Tournament not played.

General Statistics

As of 2018.

Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1  Zambia 1800000000
2  Zimbabwe 1800000000
3  Angola 1500000000
4  South Africa 1700000000
5  Mozambique 1800000000
6  Namibia 1800000000
7  Malawi 1800000000
8  Eswatini[lower-alpha 1] 1800000000
9  Madagascar 1200000000
10  Botswana 1800000000
11  Mauritius 1500000000
12  Lesotho 1800000000
13  Seychelles 1000000000
14  Comoros 300000000
Notes
  1. Competed as Swaziland until 2018.

Top scorers

Year Player Goals
2016 Ronaldo Ouseb 6
1998 Tauya Mrewa Peter Ndlovu Shepherd Muradzikwa Benjamin Nkonjera 2
1999 Betinho 3
2000 Luke Petros Delron Buckley 2
2001 18 players tied with one goal each 1
2002 Mfanzile Dlamini Rotson Kilambe Teboho Mokoena Siza Dlamini Patrick Mayo 2
2003 Peter Ndlovu Noel Mwandila Russel Mwafulirwa 2
2004 Peter Ndlovu 3
2005 Collins Mbesuma 4
2006 Fabrice Akwa 3
2007 Paulin Voavy 3
2008 Phillip Zialor 4
2009 Cuthbert Malajila 4
2013 Jerome Ramatlhakwane 4
2015 Sarivahy Vombola 5
2016 Felix Badenhorst 5
2017 Ovidy Karuru 6
2018 Onkabetse Makgantai 5
2019 Frank Gabadinho Mhango Gerald Phiri Jr. Ashley Nazira 3

See also

References

  1. "COSAFA Tournament to continue". The Lusaka Times. 24 March 2008.
  2. Redvers, Lousie (29 July 2010). "Angola to Host Cosafa Cup in November". BBC News. Archived from the original on 2 August 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  3. Muchinjo, Enock (18 October 2010). "COSAFA tourney cancelled, hosts blamed". Daily News. Archived from the original on 17 April 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  4. "COSAFA tourney cancelled, hosts blamed". 18 October 2010. Archived from the original on 17 April 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
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