Council of Southern Africa Football Associations

Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (French: Conseil des Associations de Football en Afrique Australe; Portuguese: Conselho das Associações de Futebol da África Austral), officially abbreviated as COSAFA, is an association of the football playing nations in Southern Africa. It is affiliated to CAF.

Council of Southern Africa Football Associations
Conseil des Associations de Football en Afrique Australe
Conselho das Associações de Futebol da África Austral
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersGaborone, Botswana
Region served
Southern Africa
Official language
English, French and Portuguese
Phillip Chiyangwa
AffiliationsCAF, FIFA

COSAFA organise several tournaments in the Southern African region, and its most renowned tournament is the COSAFA Cup.

Executive committee

The 2008 annual general assembly saw the election of the new COSAFA Executive Committee. Previously the committee consisted of 14 members; the new committee now consists of seven members: the president, vice-president and five members, as well as the chief operations officer. The most recent committee was elected on 17 December 2016.[1]

Nation Name Occupation
Phillip Chiyangwa
Frans Mbidi
Alberto Simanga
Andrew Kamanga
Pedro Neto
Sameer Sobha
Walter Nyamilandu-Manda

The term of office of the COSAFA President is five years and that of the Vice President is four years. The other office bearer is three years.

Current members

All associations that joined in 1997 were founding members of COSAFA. Comoros is the only COSAFA member to also be a member of the Union of Arab Football Associations. Réunion's governing body, Réunionese Football League, is only an associate member of COSAFA.

Country Year Governing body
 Angola 1997 Angolan Football Federation
 Botswana 1997 Botswana Football Association
 Comoros 2007 Comoros Football Federation
 Eswatini 1997 Eswatini Football Association
 Lesotho 1997 Lesotho Football Association
 Madagascar 2000 Malagasy Football Federation
 Malawi 1997 Football Association of Malawi
 Mauritius 2000 Mauritius Football Association
 Mozambique 1997 Mozambican Football Federation
 Namibia 1997 Namibia Football Association
 Seychelles 2000 Seychelles Football Federation
 South Africa 1997 South African Football Association
 Zambia 1997 Football Association of Zambia
 Zimbabwe 1997 Zimbabwe Football Association

COSAFA championships

COSAFA runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth.

CompetitionHoldersLast Event
COSAFA Men's Championship Zambia2019
COSAFA U-20 Challenge Cup Zambia2019
COSAFA U-17 Challenge Cup Zambia2019
COSAFA Women's Championship South Africa2019
COSAFA U-20 Women's Championship Tanzania2019
COSAFA U-17 Women's Championship Uganda2019


  1. "Mr Phillip Chiyangwa is new COSAFA president". COSAFA. 17 December 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2016.

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