COSAFA postponed till further notice

THE Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) of which Namibia is a member association, has announced the indefinite postponement of the 2024 Cosafa Cup.

Initially, the tournament was to be held from June 14 to 25. However, last week, Cosafa announced that it would shift the game to later dates in June or July.

However, in a letter to member associations dated June 6 titled ‘Postponement of 2024 Cosafa Cup’, the regional football governing body says the competition has been postponed due to circumstances beyond its control.

The letter reads in part: “Please be advised that after discussions with various stakeholders and circumstances beyond our control, we are exploring dates for the 2024 Cosafa Cup. We will provide an update on the new dates in due course.

“We are aware of various challenges our different participating member associations are facing and participating member associations can be rest assured that new dates will be based on the best possible exposure for all stakeholders involved to ensure a world class competition.”

Namibia won the COSAFA Cup back in 2015 in South Africa, and it was their only COSAFA Cup trophy win. However, in 2016, they won the COSAFA plate final when the competition was hosted in Windhoek.

A few days ago, Namibia was involved in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and with their next World Cup Qualifiers only taking place next year and the recent postponement of the COSAFA Cup, this means that the team is likely to go into a short break until the organisers of the competition do announce a new date.

It also needs to be clarified whether a similar move will be applied to the COSAFA Women’s Championship slated after the Men’s Cup.

The COSAFA Women’s Championship is usually hosted around the end of August to September every year.