Council of Southern Africa Football Associations

Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (French: Conseil des Associations de Football en Afrique Australe; Portuguese: Conselho das Associações de Futebol da África Austral), officially abbreviated as COSAFA, is an association of the football playing nations in Southern Africa. It is affiliated to CAF.

Council of Southern Africa Football Associations
Conseil des Associations de Football en Afrique Australe
Conselho das Associações de Futebol da África Austral
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersJohannesburg, South Africa
Region served
Southern Africa
Official language
English, French and Portuguese
Zimbabwe Phillip Chiyangwa
AffiliationsCAF, FIFA

COSAFA organise several tournaments in the Southern African region, and its most renowned tournament is the COSAFA Cup.


Executive committeeEdit

The 2008 annual general assembly saw the election of the new COSAFA Executive Committee. Previously the committee consisted of 14 members; the new committee now consists of seven members: the president, vice-president and five members, as well as the chief operations officer. The most recent committee was elected on 17 December 2016.[1]

Nation Name Occupation
  Phillip Chiyangwa
  Frans Mbidi
  Alberto Simanga
  Andrew Kamanga
  Pedro Neto
  Sameer Sobha
  Walter Nyamilandu-Manda

The term of office of the COSAFA President is five years and that of the Vice President is four years. The other office bearer is three years.

Member associationsEdit

All associations that joined in 1997 were founding members of COSAFA. Comoros is the only COSAFA member to also be a member of the Union of Arab Football Associations. Réunion's governing body, Réunionese Football League, is only an associate member of COSAFA.

Country Year Governing body
  Angola 1997 Angolan Football Federation
  Botswana 1997 Botswana Football Association
  Comoros 2007 Comoros Football Federation
  Eswatini 1997 Eswatini Football Association
  Lesotho 1997 Lesotho Football Association
  Madagascar 2000 Malagasy Football Federation
  Malawi 1997 Football Association of Malawi
  Mauritius 2000 Mauritius Football Association
  Mozambique 1997 Mozambican Football Federation
  Namibia 1997 Namibia Football Association
  Seychelles 2000 Seychelles Football Federation
  South Africa 1997 South African Football Association
  Zambia 1997 Football Association of Zambia
  Zimbabwe 1997 Zimbabwe Football Association


COSAFA runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth.

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
Men's Championship 2019   Zambia 5th   Botswana 2021a
U-20 Challenge Cup 2020   Mozambique 1st   Namibia 2021
U-17 Challenge Cup 2020   South Africa 3rd   Zambia 2021
Women's Championship 2020   South Africa 7th   Botswana 2021
U-20 Women's Championship 2019   Tanzaniag 1st   Zambia 2021b
U-17 Women's Championship 2020   Tanzaniag 1st   Zambia 2021

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "Mr Phillip Chiyangwa is new COSAFA president". COSAFA. 17 December 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Official: 2020 COSAFA Cup cancelled". Soccer24. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  3. ^ "South Africa win COSAFA Women's Championship, Tanzania take Under-17 title". Council of Southern Africa Football Associations. Retrieved 14 November 2020.

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