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Angola to host COSAFA 2010

[Posted 03 Aug 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Angola will host the COSAFA Cup 2010

Cape Town

Angola, hosts of the 2010 African Nations Cup in January, have been handed another responsibility to host the regional Confederations of Southern African Football Associations Senior Challenge Cup between the 13th and 29th November.

The announcement was made after a series of negotiations involving COSAFA representatives, the Angola Football Federation and the Angola government representatives.

Angola's FAF announced that the tournament will be funded partly by the Angolan government and COSAFA.

The COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup was held outside South Africa for the first time when Zimbabwe offered to host and partly fund the Cup in November 2009 following the ending of the 10 year sponsorship relationship which COSAFA had enjoyed with South African Breweries in 2007. COSAFA has stuggled to attract similar sponsorship ever since 2007.

Metropolitan have often sponsored the COSAFA Under 20 Cup Championships.

Angola will be hosting the regional tournament for Southern African nations for the first time. The Palencas Negras have won the COSAFA Senior Cup three times, and only trail Zimbabwe who have won the 14-member Cup for a record four times, following their triumph on home soil last November.

New stadiums built in the cities of Lubango and Benguela as 2010 Nations Cup venues will be utilised for the COSAFA Cup in November. Interestingly the capital Luanda and the northen Cabinda enclave where the Togo bus was attacked by insurgents during the January Nations Cup tournament, will not host any of the COSAFA matches in November.

COSAFA has helped expose talent in Southern Africa, especially the talent of young players. African stars such as Chris and Felix Katongo of Zambia, Tinashe Nengomasha, Knowledge Musona and Ovidy Karuru of Zimbabwe came to the limelight through the COSAFA Youth tournaments.

Poor planning by Southern African teams has often been blamed for the failure of junior teams to make the same impact in continental and FIFA Under 17 and Under 20 championships.

The region has never been short of talent to emulate the likes of Ghana who won the Under World Cup last year after beating Brazil in penalties in Egypt last year. Only South Africa's Amaglug-glug have won a major game at a junior global level when they beat Brazil in a group match in Brisbane on September 17 in 2000. 

Amaglug-glug's victory in Brisbane however, did not secure South Africa a passage to the last eight of the competition. South Africa's Under 20 side, Amajita, however, reached the Under 20 World Cup finals last year.  

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