We add up all the numbers around the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup!
1 – Namibia’s triumph at the 2015 COSAFA Castle Cup was their first in the competition and made them just the fifth country to lift the title in all. They also had a ‘first’ in 2016 when they hosted the tournament for the first time.
3 – The number of away wins for Mauritius in their previous 21 COSAFA Castle Cup matches on the road since their first participation in 2000. They beat Seychelles 4-0 in Zambia in 2013 and the same opposition 1-0 in South Africa in 2015, before grabbing a 2-0 win over Angola in 2016.
3 – Striker Jerome Ramatlhakwane is the only player from Botswana to net a hat-trick in the COSAFA Castle Cup. He did so against Lesotho in 2013. He also scored in the next game, a 2-1 loss to guest nation Kenya, which made him the leading scorer at that year’s tournament in Zambia.
4 – The number of titles won by Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa, the most in the competition’s history. The Warriors triumphed in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009, while Zambia won in 1997, 1997, 2006 and 2013. South Africa’s triumph in 2016 went with wins in 2002, 2007 and 2008.
4 – Aside from their four tournament wins, Zambia have also finished runners-up on four occasions, more than any other nation. All of those runners-up medals came between 2004 and 2009.
5 – The disproportionately high number of own goals scored in Malawi’s favour in their COSAFA Castle Cup history, three times by Angola (Moises, Fernando & Ito), once by Zimbabwe (Nyamupanedengu) and once by Namibia (Tjihero).
5 – The number of goals scored by Swaziland midfielder Felix Badenhorst at the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup, which saw him finish as top-scorer at the tournament in Namibia.
6 – The number of goals scored by Mozambique veteran striker Tico-Tico in the COSAFA Castle Cup, more than any other player for The Mambas. His first was in 1997 and the last in 2004.
6 – The Comoros Islands have featured in just two COSAFA Castle Cup tournaments, in 2008 and 2009. In that time they have played six matches, with one victory, a draw and four defeats. Their only win was 2-1 against Seychelles in 2009.
7 – The Seychelles stunned Mauritius 7-0 in the 2008 COSAFA Castle Cup, which remains to this day the biggest ever margin of victory in the competition. It also remains the only ever victory for the island nation in the competition, having played 19 games so far.
9 – The number of goals scored by South Africa (in three matches), Lesotho (five matches) and Swaziland (six matches) in the COSAFA Castle Cup in 2016, the most among the nations.
9 – The number of nations that appeared in the first ever COSAFA Castle Cup. There will be 14 at this year’s event in South Africa.
12 – The number of matches it took before Zambia finally lost a COSAFA Castle Cup match. The team won the first two competitions were eventually beaten 1-0 by Angola in 1999. In all they have lost just six of their 45 matches in the COSAFA Castle Cup, the best record of any nation.
15 – The age of Angolan goalkeeper Eduardo Bunga when he played in the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup!
25 – Madagascar first entered the COSAFA Castle Cup in 2002 and have played in 25 matches since. They have 10 wins, 10 defeats and five draws so far.
31 – The number of wins managed by Zimbabwe in their COSAFA Castle Cup history, more than any other country.
48 – The number of matches played by Zambia and Zimbabwe in the history of the COSAFA Castle Cup, the most by any side.
79 – The number of goals scored by Zimbabwe in the history of the COSAFA Castle Cup, the most by any side.
1997 – The first year the tournament was staged, with Zambia ending as inaugural winners
2000 – Lesotho made the final of the COSAFA Castle Cup in 2000, but lost both legs of the decider 3-0 to Zimbabwe to go down 6-0 on aggregate. That is their only final appearance to date.
2008 – The year South Africa completed a rare feat – winning back-to-back COSAFA Castle Cup titles. Only inaugural winners Zambia (1997 & 1998) have managed to do the same.