The COSAFA Under-20 Championships, sponsored by PPC, returns after a break of three years with the latest tournament to be staged in South Africa’s North West province from December 7-16, 2016.
We thought we would have some fun and pick out some key numbers from the history of the regional showpiece junior competition.
0 – The only final to finish goalless was in 2001 when Zimbabwe needed a penalty shoot-out to beat Angola 5-3 on spot-kicks. That remains the only final to go to a shoot-out.
2 – The number of hosts venues at the COSAFA Under-20 Championships – Moruleng and Mogwase.
3 – Angola lost three finals in a row between 2000 and 2002. They made the deciding match in 2011 but lost again. They have yet to win the regional title.
4 – The number of first round groups at this year’s COSAFA Under-20 Championships – two with four teams and two with three countries.
9 – The most number of goals scored in a single final – South Africa defeated Zambia 5-4 in 2004!
9 – South Africa beat Namibia 9-0 in the group stages of the 2009 tournament. Thulane Ngcepe scored a hat-trick that day.
10 – The number of titles won by Zambia, the most successful nation in the history of the COSAFA Under-20 Championships.
11 – The number of years in a row that South Africa hosted the event between 1999 and 2009.
14 – The number of teams who will compete in this year’s COSAFA Under-20 Championships in Lesotho, including guest nation DR Congo.
24 – The number of matches that will be played at this year’s COSAFA Under-20 Championships.
1983 – The first time a regional competition was staged for junior teams. It was won by Zambia.
2000 – The first time a nation other than Zambia or Zimbabwe lifted the trophy – South Africa claimed the prize in 2000.
2005 – Madagascar became just the fourth country to lift the trophy after Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.