COSAFA Cup

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COSAFA Cup
COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup logo.jpg
Founded 1997
Region Southern Africa (COSAFA)
Number of teams 16
Current champions  Zambia
Most successful team(s)  Zambia
 Zimbabwe (4 each)
Website http://www.cosafa.com

The COSAFA Cup or COSAFA Senior Challenge is an annual tournament for teams from Southern Africa organized by Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA), inaugurated after the ban against the Republic of South Africa had been lifted and the African Cup of Nations had been staged there in 1996. The following teams have participated in the tournament in the past: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Réunion, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe and Zambia have won the most titles with four wins, while South Africa and Angola have won three each.

The first editions of the competition were a knockout tournament staged over several months. As the competition grew, it transformed into a series of mini-tournaments.[1]

Winners[edit]

Year Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
1997
Details

Zambia
Group Stage
Namibia

Mozambique
Group Stage
Tanzania
1998
Details

Zambia
Group Stage
Zimbabwe

Angola
Group Stage
Namibia
1999
Details

Angola
1–0
1–1

Namibia

Swaziland

Zambia
2000
Details

Zimbabwe
3–0
3–0

Lesotho

South Africa

Angola
2001
Details

Angola
0–0
1–0

Zimbabwe

Malawi
2–1
Zambia
2002
Details

South Africa
3–1
1–0

Malawi

Swaziland

Zambia
2003
Details

Zimbabwe
2–1
2–0

Malawi

Zambia

Swaziland
2004
Details

Angola
0–0
(5–4 pen.)

Zambia

Mozambique

Zimbabwe
2005
Details

Zimbabwe
1–0
Zambia

South Africa

Angola
2006
Details

Zambia
2–0
Angola

Botswana

Zimbabwe
2007
Details

South Africa
0–0
(4–3 pen.)

Zambia

Botswana

Mozambique
2008
Details

South Africa
2–1
Mozambique

Zambia
2–0
Madagascar
2009
Details

Zimbabwe
3–1
Zambia

Mozambique
1–0
South Africa
2010
Details
Cancelled[nb 1]
2011 not held
2012
2013
Details

Zambia
2–0
Zimbabwe

South Africa
2–1
Lesotho
  1. ^ "COSAFA tourney cancelled, hosts blamed". 18 October 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 

Most COSAFA Cup Wins[edit]

Wins Nation Year(s)
4 times
 Zimbabwe 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009
 Zambia 1997, 1998, 2006, 2013
3 times
 Angola 1999, 2001, 2004
 South Africa 2002, 2007, 2008

Top scorers[edit]

Year Player Goals
1997 Mozambique Adelino 4
1998 Zimbabwe Tauya Mrewa Zimbabwe Peter Ndlovu Zimbabwe Shepherd Muradzikwa Zimbabwe Benjamin Nkonjera 2
1999 Angola Betinho 3
2000 Zimbabwe Luke Petros South Africa Delron Buckley 2
2001 18 players tied with one goal each 1
2002 Swaziland Mfanzile Dlamini Zambia Rotson Kilambe South Africa Teboho Mokoena Swaziland Siza Dlamini South Africa Patrick Mayo 2
2003 Zimbabwe Peter Ndlovu Zambia Noel Mwandila Malawi Russel Mwafulirwa 2
2004 Zimbabwe Peter Ndlovu 3
2005 Zambia Collins Mbesuma 4
2006 Angola Fabrice Akwa 3
2007 Madagascar Paulin Voavy 3
2008 Seychelles Phillip Zialor 4
2009 Zimbabwe Cuthbert Malajila 4
2013 Botswana Jerome Ramatlhakwane 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "COSAFA Tournament to continue". The Lusaka Times. 24 March 2008. 

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