COSAFA Cup

The COSAFA Cup or COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup 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.

COSAFA Cup
COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup logo.jpg
Founded1997
RegionSouthern Africa (COSAFA)
Number of teams16
Current champions South Africa
(5th title)
Most successful team(s) Zimbabwe (6 titles)
Websitehttp://www.cosafa.com
2021 COSAFA Cup
COSAFA

HistoryEdit

The following teams have participated in the tournament in the past: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Eswatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Additionally, six non-COSAFA members have competed: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Zimbabwe has won the most titles with six wins, followed by Zambia and South Africa with five 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]

The 2010 COSAFA Senior Challenge was to be the 14th edition of the football tournament that involves teams from Southern Africa. In July 2010 it was confirmed that Angola would host the competition.[2] The 2010 edition of the competition was cancelled in October, 2010.[3] COSAFA stated that the Angolan authorities did not give enough guarantees to host the tournament.

ResultsEdit

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   Angola Cancelled[4] 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
  South Africa  
Zimbabwe
4–2 (a.e.t.)  
Zambia
 
Lesotho
1–0  
Madagascar
2019
Details
  South Africa  
Zambia
1–0  
Botswana
 
Zimbabwe
2–2
(5–4 pen.)
 
Lesotho
2021
Details
  South Africa  
South Africa
0–0 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 pen.)
 
Senegal
 
Eswatini
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 pen.)
 
Mozambique

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

Teams reaching the top fourEdit

As of 2021

Team Winners Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place Semi-finalists Top 4 Finishes
  Zimbabwe 6 (2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2017, 2018) 3 (1998, 2001, 2013) 1 (2019) 2 (2004, 2006) 12
  Zambia 5 (1997, 1998, 2006, 2013, 2019) 6 (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2017, 2018) 1 (2008) 1 (2001) 3 (1999, 2002, 2003) 16
  South Africa 5 (2002, 2007, 2008, 2016, 2021) 1 (2013) 1 (2009) 2 (2000, 2005) 9
  Angola 3 (1999, 2001, 2004) 1 (2006) 1 (1998) 2 (2000, 2005) 7
  Namibia 1 (2015) 2 (1997, 1999) 1 (1998) 4
  Mozambique 2 (2008, 2015) 2 (1997, 2009) 1 (2021) 2 (2004, 2007) 7
  Malawi 2 (2002, 2003) 1 (2001) 3
  Botswana 2 (2016, 2019) 1 (2015) 2 (2006, 2007) 5
  Lesotho 1 (2000) 1 (2018) 3 (2013, 2017, 2019) 5
  Senegal 1 (2021) 1
  Eswatini[a] 2 (2016, 2021) 3 (1999, 2002, 2003) 5
  Madagascar 1 (2015) 2 (2008, 2018) 3
  Tanzania 1 (2017) 1 (1997) 2
  DR Congo 1 (2016) 1

Participating nationsEdit

Legend
Team 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 20102 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 Total
  Angola 3rd 1st SF 1st QF 1R 1st SF 2nd 1R QF QF x QF GS GS GS ––1 16
  Botswana 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R QF QF 1R SF SF QF QF x GS 4th 2nd QF QF 2nd GS 20
  Comoros GS GS x GS QF ––1 4
  Eswatini[a] 1R 1R SF QF QF SF SF QF 1R 1R 1R GS GS x GS GS 3rd QF QF GS 3rd 20
  Lesotho 1R 1R QF 2nd QF 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R GS GS x 4th GS QF 4th 3rd 4th GS 20
  Madagascar –– QF QF 1R 1R 1R 1R 4th ––1 x 3rd GS GS 4th ––1 11
  Malawi 5th 1R 2R QF SF 2nd 2nd QF 1R 1R 1R GS QF x QF QF GS GS GS QF GS 20
  Mauritius 1R QF 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 1R GS GS x GS GS GS GS GS GS 16
  Mozambique 3rd 5th QF 1R 1R QF QF SF 1R 1R SF 2nd 3rd x QF 2nd QF GS GS GS 4th 19
  Namibia 2nd 4th 2nd QF 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF QF x QF 1st QF QF QF GS GS 20
  Seychelles –– 1R 1R 1R GS GS x GS GS GS GS GS GS 11
  South Africa 1R QF SF QF 1st QF 1R SF 1R 1st 1st x 3rd QF 1st QF QF QF 1st 19
  Zambia 1st 1st SF QF SF SF SF 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd x 1st QF QF 2nd 2nd 1st GS 20
  Zimbabwe 1R 2nd QF 1st 2nd QF 1st SF 1st SF 1R QF 1st x 2nd GS GS 1st 1st 3rd GS 20
Guest Nations
  DR Congo* 4th 1
  Equatorial Guinea* ––1 0
  Ghana* QF 1
  Kenya* GS 1
  Senegal* 2nd 1
  Tanzania* 4th ––1 GS 3rd 3
  Uganda* QF 1
Total 9 10 10 11 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 14 13 0 (13) 13 14 14 14 14 13 10

*D.R. Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania,Uganda and Senegal are not COSAFA members, but have been invited to participate in the past.
1 Withdrew from tournament.
2 Tournament not played.

General statisticsEdit

As of 2018.

Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1   Zambia 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2   Zimbabwe 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Angola 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   South Africa 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5   Mozambique 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6   Namibia 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7   Malawi 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8   Eswatini[a] 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9   Madagascar 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10   Botswana 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11   Mauritius 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12   Lesotho 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13   Seychelles 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14   Comoros 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Competed as Swaziland until 2018.

Top scorersEdit

Peter Ndlovu of Zimbabwe and Emmanuel 'Tico-Tico' Bucuane of Mozambique are all-time top goalscorers in the tournament with ten goals each. In 2021 Felix Badenhorst of Eswatini moved into second position with nine goals.[5]

Year Player Goals
1998   Tauya Mrewa   Peter Ndlovu   Shepherd Muradzikwa   Benjamin Nkonjera 2
1999   Betinho 3
2000   Luke Petros   Delron Buckley 2
2001 18 players tied 1
2002   Mfanzile Dlamini   Rotson Kilambe   Teboho Mokoena   Siza Dlamini   Patrick Mayo 2
2003   Peter Ndlovu   Noel Mwandila   Russel Mwafulirwa 2
2004   Peter Ndlovu 3
2005   Collins Mbesuma 4
2006   Fabrice Akwa 3
2007   Paulin Voavy 3
2008   Phillip Zialor 4
2009   Cuthbert Malajila 4
2013   Jerome Ramatlhakwane 4
2015   Sarivahy Vombola 5
2016   Felix Badenhorst 5
2017   Ovidy Karuru 6
2018   Onkabetse Makgantai 5
2019   Gabadinho Mhango   Gerald Phiri Jr.   Ashley Nazira 3
2021   Sepana Letsoalo 4

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "COSAFA Tournament to continue". The Lusaka Times. 24 March 2008.
  2. ^ Redvers, Lousie (29 July 2010). "Angola to Host Cosafa Cup in November". BBC News. Archived from the original on 2 August 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  3. ^ Muchinjo, Enock (18 October 2010). "COSAFA tourney cancelled, hosts blamed". Daily News. Archived from the original on 17 April 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  4. ^ "COSAFA tourney cancelled, hosts blamed". 18 October 2010. Archived from the original on 17 April 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Badenhorst makes Cosafa Cup history". The Namibian. Retrieved 14 July 2021.

External linksEdit