COSAFA Cup postponed once again

MASERU — The COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup has been postponed again.

The regional meet is the only competitive international tournament Lesotho were looking forward to after failing for the umpteenth time to qualify for the African Nations Cup, let alone the World Cup.

The COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup was originally pencilled in for May before being pushed to July.

But with South Africa pre-occupied with the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup as well as next year’s World Cup showpiece, the regional tournament has once again taken a back seat.

The earliest available kick-off for the regional showpiece is now August.

The COSAFA executive met last week and decided the gala could only be staged after the COSAFA Under-17 tournament scheduled for August.

Although the tournament is not a recognised FIFA event, it is important to the region’s smaller sides and Lesotho’s best performance in the competition came in 2000 when they reached the final.

The significance of the tournament, which started in 1997, has been further diminished after Castle ended its lucrative sponsorship in 2007.

Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola and South Africa have each won the tournament thrice.

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