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COSAFA Cup
COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup logo.jpg
Organising bodyCOSAFA
Founded1997
RegionSouthern Africa
Number of teams14
Current champions Zambia
(6th title)
Most successful team(s) Zambia
 Zimbabwe
(6 titles each)
Websitecosafa.com
2022 COSAFA Cup
COSAFA
COSAFA

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.

History

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, seven non-COSAFA members have competed: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Senegal. Zimbabwe and Zambia have won the most titles with six wins, followed by South Africa with five wins. Zambia has been the most prolific side in the competition failing to reach the top 4 only four times since the tournament's inception. 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.

Results

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
2022
Details
 South Africa
Zambia
1–0 (a.e.t.)
Namibia

Senegal
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 pen.)

Mozambique

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

Teams reaching the top four

As of 2022

Team Winners Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place Semi-finalists Top 4 Finishes
 Zambia 6 (1997, 1998, 2006, 2013, 2019, 2022) 6 (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2017, 2018) 1 (2008) 1 (2001) 3 (1999, 2002, 2003) 17
 Zimbabwe 6 (2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2017, 2018) 3 (1998, 2001, 2013) 1 (2019) 2 (2004, 2006) 12
 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) 3 (1997, 1999, 2022) 1 (1998) 5
 Mozambique 2 (2008, 2015) 2 (1997, 2009) 2 (2021, 2022) 2 (2004, 2007) 8
 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 (2022) 2
 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 nations

Legend
Team 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 20102 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022 Total
 Angola 3rd 1st SF 1st QF 1R 1st SF 2nd 1R QF QF x QF GS GS GS ––1 GS 17
 Botswana 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R QF QF 1R SF SF QF QF x GS 4th 2nd QF QF 2nd GS QF 21
 Comoros GS GS x GS QF ––1 GS 5
 Eswatini[a] 1R 1R SF QF QF SF SF QF 1R 1R 1R GS GS x GS GS 3rd QF QF GS 3rd QF 21
 Lesotho 1R 1R QF 2nd QF 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R GS GS x 4th GS QF 4th 3rd 4th GS GS 21
 Madagascar –– QF QF 1R 1R 1R 1R 4th ––1 x 3rd GS GS 4th ––1 QF 12
 Malawi 5th 1R 2R QF SF 2nd 2nd QF 1R 1R 1R GS QF x QF QF GS GS GS QF GS GS 21
 Mauritius 1R QF 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 1R GS GS x GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 17
 Mozambique 3rd 5th QF 1R 1R QF QF SF 1R 1R SF 2nd 3rd x QF 2nd QF GS GS GS 4th 4th 21
 Namibia 2nd 4th 2nd QF 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF QF x QF 1st QF QF QF GS GS 2nd 21
 Seychelles –– 1R 1R 1R GS GS x GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 12
 South Africa 1R QF SF QF 1st QF 1R SF 1R 1st 1st 4th x 3rd QF 1st QF QF QF 1st QF 20
 Zambia 1st 1st SF QF SF SF SF 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd x 1st QF QF 2nd 2nd 1st GS 1st 21
 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 3rd 2
 Tanzania* 4th ––1 GS 3rd 3
 Uganda* QF 1
Total 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 14 13 0 (14) 13 14 14 14 14 13 10 14

*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 statistics

All stats correct as of the 2022 COSAFA Cup. COSAFA Cup invitees are not included in the table.

Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1  Zambia 21 63 32 22 10 93 48 45 117
2  Zimbabwe 20 59 34 17 8 100 49 51 113
3  South Africa 20 55 30 19 6 77 29 48 109
4  Namibia 21 59 23 17 19 76 62 14 86
5  Mozambique 21 61 19 15 24 59 70 -11 75
6  Eswatini[a] 21 53 20 16 17 65 57 8 73
7  Angola 17 43 18 15 12 47 37 10 68
8  Malawi 21 59 16 20 23 61 71 -10 68
9  Botswana 21 51 15 17 19 52 50 2 62
10  Lesotho 21 52 13 16 23 49 -5 51 0
11  Madagascar 12 36 14 8 14 39 38 1 50
12  Mauritius 17 37 7 8 22 24 54 -30 27
13  Comoros 5 16 3 3 8 11 26 -15 12
14  Seychelles 12 19 1 6 24 17 55 -38 9
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Competed as Swaziland until 2018.

Top scorers

Peter Ndlovu of Zimbabwe and Manuel '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 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 1
2002 Eswatini Mfanzile Dlamini Zambia Rotson Kilambe South Africa Teboho Mokoena Eswatini 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 Eswatini Felix Badenhorst 5
2017 Zimbabwe Ovidy Karuru 6
2018 Botswana Onkabetse Makgantai 5
2019 Malawi Gabadinho Mhango Malawi Gerald Phiri Jr. Mauritius Ashley Nazira 3
2021 South Africa Sepana Letsoalo 4
2022 Eswatini Sabelo Ndzinisa 3

See also

References

  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.

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