Bright Starlets in South Africa for COSAFA
South Sudan’s Senior National Women’s Team has landed in South Africa ahead of the 2021 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Women’s Championship.
The COSAFA 2021 Women’s Championship will kick off on September 28 and run all the way to October 9. The games will be played at Nelson Mandela Bay.
“South Sudan’s Senior Women’s National Team is already at Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg heading [for] their final destination (Port Elizabeth) where the COSAFA Women’s Championship is scheduled to take place,” the statement posted on SSFA Facebook page reads.
The team left the country on Saturday in the afternoon and went through Nairobi, Kenya.
It is the first time for the Bright Stars Women’s National Team to participate in COSAFA Women’s Championship.
The Bright Stars were drawn in group B with Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Samia Suluhu’s (Tanzania).
They will start their opening game with Botswana on September 29 followed by Tanzania as their second game and their last group stage match will be against experienced Zimbabwean ladies.
The groups include: group A (South Africa the hosts were drowned alongside Malawi, Mozambique and Angola) and Group C (Namibia, Uganda, Zambia, and Eswatini).
Group stages are to end on October 5, 2021, and the semifinals will resume on October 7, 2021. The final will be played on October 9.
It brings together 14 nations of Southern Africa under a single umbrella, intending to develop the game of football in the region.
This is not just from a playing point of view, but also with respect to 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.