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. COSAFA was formed in 1983 in Malawi.
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 General Secretary, Sue Destombes.
The President of COSAFA is Dr Phillip Chiyangwa of Zimbabwe, who was elected in 2016.
The organisation has a number of competitions in the senior, Under-20 and Under-17 age-group, as well as a Beach Soccer tournament.
The flagship event, the COSAFA Castle Cup, was first staged in 1997 and was once described by FIFA as the best regional football competition in the world.
COSAFA OFFICE BEARERS
President: Dr Phillip Chiyangwa (Zimbabwe)
Vice-president: Frans Mbidi (Namibia)
General Pedro Neto (Angola)
Mr Andrew Kamanga (Zambia)
Mr Sameer Sobha (Mauritius)
Mr Alberto Simanga (Mozambique)
Mr Walter Nyamilandu-Manda (Malawi)
General Secretary: Sue Destombes (South Africa)