Mauritius and Mozambique will have the honour of kicking off the 2022 HOLLYWOODBETS COSAFA Women’s Championship at the magnificent Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Gqeberha on August 31, with the final to be staged at the same venue on September 11.
The Group A clash will get under way at 12h00 CAT and be followed by a fixture between African champions South Africa and Angola from the same pool at 15h30 CAT.
It is an electric start to the competition, which returns to Gqeberha for another year and will see the top teams in the region compete for the prize. That includes two teams who have qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
South Africa are the one and Zambia the other – the latter opening their COSAFA Women’s Championship Group B campaign against Namibia (kick-off 15h30 CAT) on September 1, also at the iconic 2010 FIFA World Cup venue. Before that there will be a fixture in the pool between Lesotho and Eswatini at 12h00.
Group C gets under way at the Madibaz Stadium on September 2 as defending champions Tanzania take on Comoros at 12h00 CAT, before recent Women’s Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinalists Botswana tackle last year’s beaten COSAFA Women’s Championship finalists Malawi in what is really a Group of Death.
The pool stages will be played in a round-robin format with the top team in each group advancing to the semifinals along with the side which is the best placed runner up.
The winner of Group B will take on the top team in Group C in the first semifinal on September 9, also at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, while the winner of Group A meets the best placed runner-up.
Ticket details for fans will be communicated in due course, but for those who aren’t in Gqeberha, there are many ways in which you can follow the action, including via FIFA+.
You can get the full fixture list for the competition right here.