Brave Gladiators drawn in Group C
The Brave Gladiators have been drawn in Group C for the Women’s COSAFA Championship that will take place at Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa from 12th to 22nd September along with Zimbabwe; Swaziland and Uganda, Namibia Football Association has announced today.
Hosts and defending champions South Africa are the top in Group A, and they will take on Botswana; Madagascar and Malawi in their bid to reach the semifinals for the sixth successive time in this competition.
The top team in each pool will advance to the semifinals along with the best-placed runners-up, and there will be two stadiums used during the event, the 10 000 seater Wolfson Stadium and 3 000-seater Gelvandale Stadium.
The first COSAFA Women’s Championship was held in Zimbabwe in 2002 and was won by South Africa, who beat their hosts 2-1 in the final.
Four years later and the South Africans triumphed again at the finals in Zambia when they beat Namibia 3-1 in the decider.
South Africa then made it three in a row when they beat Zimbabwe in the finals of the 2008 tournament in Malange, Angola.
Zimbabwe then claimed the title in 2011, when they also acted as hosts, defeating South Africa 1-0 in the final.
The South African team got their revenge in Bulawayo 12 months ago though as they ran out 2-1 winners, their fourth trophy win in five events.