Seychelles and Botswana will have the honour of kicking off the 2022 Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup when they clash in a Group A encounter at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on July 5.
It will be the start of 23 games in 13 days as the best of the Southern African region – and guest nation Senegal – gather to contest the coveted regional trophy.
Angola will take in Comoros later in the day in the other match in the pool, while the Group B action starts on July 6 when Mauritius tackle Eswatini at the same venue, and later Lesotho play Malawi.
The first four days of action will all be at the King Zwelithini Stadium, but the final round of pool games, which are played concurrently, will see the Princess Magogo Stadium introduced.
The four quarterfinals will all be played at the latter venue, with Madagascar to take on 2015 winners Namibia on July 12, and Zambia to play the winner of Group A later that same evening.
July 13 will see Senegal take on the winner of Group B, and hosts and holders South Africa meet Mozambique, the team they beat in the semifinals last year.
The four losers from those quarterfinals will drop into the Plate Semifinals that will be played on July 15, with the winners into the Cup semifinals on the same day. The latter matches will be at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The victor in the Madagascar/Namibia quarterfinal will take on the winner of the match between South Africa and Mozambique in the semifinals, while the successful teams from the other two quarters will clash.
The final day of the tournament on July 17 will be a busy one with the Plate Final, Third-Place Play-Off and Cup Final all to be staged. The latter two will be at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
For the full fixture list, click here.
Media wishing to attend the tournament can now apply for accreditation by clicking here.
Please note that access to the stadium is only for media who have been fully vaccinated (two Pfizer or one Johnson&Johnson) or have a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours.