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  Zimbabwe
(5th title)
Most successful team(s)  Zimbabwe with 5 wins
Website http://www.cosafa.com
2017 COSAFA Cup

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: Tanzania ,Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Réunion, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has won the most titles with five wins, followed by Zambia and South Africa with four wins.

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 Host Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1997
Details
Home/away
Zambia
n/a
Namibia

Mozambique
n/a
Tanzania
1998
Details
Home/away
Zambia
n/a
Zimbabwe

Angola
n/a
Namibia
1999
Details
Home/away
Angola
1–0
1–1

Namibia
 Swaziland and  Zambia
2000
Details
Home/away
Zimbabwe
3–0
3–0

Lesotho
 South Africa and  Angola
2001
Details
Home/away
Angola
0–0
1–0

Zimbabwe

Malawi
2–1
Zambia
2002
Details
Home/away
South Africa
3–1
1–0

Malawi
 Swaziland and  Zambia
2003
Details
Home/away
Zimbabwe
2–1
2–0

Malawi
 Zambia and  Swaziland
2004
Details
Various hosts
Angola
0–0
(5–4 pen.)

Zambia
 Mozambique and  Zimbabwe
2005
Details
 Mauritius
 Namibia
 South Africa
 Zambia

Zimbabwe
1–0
Zambia
 South Africa and  Angola
2006
Details
Various hosts
Zambia
2–0
Angola
 Botswana and  Zimbabwe
2007
Details
 Botswana
 Mozambique
 South Africa
 Swaziland

South Africa
0–0
(4–3 pen.)

Zambia
 Botswana and  Mozambique
2008
Details
 South Africa
South Africa
2–1
Mozambique

Zambia
2–0
Madagascar
2009
Details
 Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
3–1
Zambia

Mozambique
1–0
South Africa
2010
Details
 Angola Cancelled[2] Cancelled
2013
Details
 Zambia
Zambia
2–0
Zimbabwe

South Africa
2–1
Lesotho
2015
Details
 South Africa
Namibia
2–0
Mozambique

Madagascar
2–1
Botswana
2016
Details
 Namibia
South Africa
3–2
Botswana

Swaziland
1–0
DR Congo
2017
Details
 South Africa
Zimbabwe
3–1
Zambia

Tanzania
0–0
(4–2 pen.)

Lesotho
2018
Details
 Botswana

^n/a A round-robin tournament determined the final standings.

Winners by title[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place Semi-final
 Zimbabwe 5 (2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2017) 3 (1998, 2001, 2013) 2 (2004, 2006)
 Zambia 4 (1997, 1998, 2006, 2013) 5 (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2017) 1 (2008) 1 (2001) 3 (1999, 2002, 2003)
 South Africa 4 (2002, 2007, 2008, 2016) 1 (2013) 1 (2009) 2 (2000, 2005)
 Angola 3 (1999, 2001, 2004) 1 (2006) 1 (1998) 2 (2000, 2005)
 Namibia 1 (2015) 2 (1997, 1999) 1 (1998)
 Mozambique 2 (2008, 2015) 2 (1997, 2009) 2 (2004, 2007)
 Malawi 2 (2002, 2003) 1 (2001)
 Lesotho 1 (2000) 2 (2013, 2017)
 Botswana 1 (2016) 1 (2015) 2 (2006, 2007)
 Madagascar 1 (2015) 1 (2008)
 Tanzania 1 (2017) 1 (1997)
 Swaziland 1 (2016) 3 (1999, 2002, 2003)
 DR Congo 1 (2016)

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
2015 Madagascar Sarivahy Vombola 5
2016 Swaziland Felix Badenhorst 5
2017 Zimbabwe Ovidy Karuru 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "COSAFA Tournament to continue". The Lusaka Times. 24 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "COSAFA tourney cancelled, hosts blamed". 18 October 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 

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