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COSAFA Under-17 Championships in numbers

2 – Mauritius are hosts of the COSAFA Under-17 Championship for the second year running after also staging the event in 2016.

2 – There are two venues for the 2017 COSAFA Under-17 Championship – the Saint Francois Xavier Stadium in the capital Port Louis, and the Mauritius Football Association Technical Centre.

2 – There were two hat-tricks scored at the 2017 COSAFA Under-17 Championship – one by Peter Banda of Malawi and the other by Abram Tjahikika of Namibia.

5 – The biggest victory at the 2017 COSAFA Under-17 Championship saw Malawi defeated East Africa guest nation Kenya 5-0. That was also the most goals scored in a single game by both teams.

5 – Peter Banda from Malawi finished the top scorer at the 2017 COSAFA Under-17 Championship with five goals. That was one more than Abram Tjahikika of Namibia.

4 – There have been four other tournaments played loosely under the banner of a regional Under-17 championship. South Africa have won two of these in 1994 and 2002, Malawi claimed success in 2001 and Namibia were victorious in 2016.

8 – There will be eight teams entered into the 2017 COSAFA Under-17 Championship. Group A contains hosts Mauritius, Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Group B features Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia.

14 – The COSAFA Under-17 Championship is open to all 14 of the nations that make up the Southern African regional body.

16 – The 2017 COSAFA Under-17 Championship features 16 matches, 12 in the first round, two semifinals, a third-place play-off and a final.

21 – The 2017 COSAFA Under-17 Championship starts on July 21 and runs to July 30.

48 – There were 48 goals scored in the 16 matches played at the 2017 COSAFA Under-17 Championship, an average of three per game!