The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) was established by the Supreme Council of Sports in Africa – Zone 6.
It brings together 14 nations of Southern Africa under a single umbrella, with the goal of developing the game of football in the region.
This is not just from a playing point of view, but also with respects referees and the administration of the game.
The 14 member countries of COSAFA are Angola, Botswana, Comores, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Associate Member Reunion.
Botswana was elected to host the Secretariat of COSAFA. This has been the case since 1992 when Ismail Bhamjee was elected President of COSAFA and Ashford Mamelodi appointed Secretary General.
In 2008, it was decided to open an administrative office in Johannesburg, South Africa which is the hub of the region.
The administration of COSAFA is currently led by its Chief Operations Officer, Sue Destombes.
The President of COSAFA is Suketu Patel of the Seychelles, who also acts as Confederation of African Football (CAF) first vice-president and is chairperson of the finance committee.
The organisation has a number of competitions in the senior, Under-20 and Under-17 age-group, and has recently staged its first Beach Soccer tournament.
The flagship even, the COSAFA Cup, was first staged in 1997 and was once described by FIFA president Sepp Blatter as the best regional football competition in the world.
COSAFA recently moved to new premises in Johannesburg with the opening of these offices attended by CAF president Issa Hayatou and FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.