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Feb 25 15 11:27 PM

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To be held in South Africa, May 17-31.  Draw will be made tomorrow (26th February).

First round, lowest 8 teams in COSAFA according to Feb 2015 FIFA ranking play in 2 groups of 4 teams, winners of each group progress to quarter-finals.

Quarter-finals are comprised of Top 6 COSAFA teams + 2 preliminary group winners.  There will be consolation matches for losers of the quarter-finals (as in 2013 - no 7th place match).

So, the preliminary round should be:
1st seeds: Namibia, Zimbabwe
2nd seeds: Lesotho, Madagascar
3rd seeds: Swaziland, Comoros
4th seeds: Seychelles, Mauritius

6 byes to quarter-finals:
South Africa, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana

It's a pity we cannot see Réunion in this tournament (or Mayotte).  I think Réunion is an associate member of COSAFA.
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Feb 28 15 11:43 AM

Ghana is a big name in Africa. Even if they bring their B team or U-23 team, the organisers will still advertise them as Ghana's Black Stars. CECAFA did a similar thing in inviting Ivory Coast a few years ago.

Zimbabwe are sending their U-23 team to the qualifiers.

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Mar 1 15 12:56 PM

Angola and Comoros did not enter, so COSAFA called upon Tanzania and Ghana. It wasn't known until the day before the draw which teams were taking part.


The COSAFA website is actually pretty useful http://www.cosafa.com but for some reason they insist on zipping press releases.

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Mar 5 15 7:03 PM

nfm24 wrote:
Does Ghana's association know/understand/care that they will be "A" matches for FIFA and hence in the rankings?

They probably don't care.  If they lose to some COSAFA teams in friendly matches, it will surely jeopardise their position as one of Africa's Top 2 or 3 teams.  Maybe they will only take note after this happens.  I don't know the maths, but perhaps they will lose points even if they win at the COSAFA Cup.  Ivory Coast's matches at the 2010 CECAFA were not counted, but I don't know/understand/care whether this was before or after FIFA's decision to include CHAN matches.

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Mar 7 15 10:02 PM

If the associations choose to field the CHAN team in an unrestricted match, then that's their choice I suppose.
It might help us a lot if the African FAs maintained (and published) clear lists of the matches they count as 'A' / full / official matches for the senior team. But it seems almost arbitrary.

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Mar 7 15 10:59 PM

Many southern/eastern African nations send CHAN teams regularly to COSAFA/CECAFA, but they don't have a great number of players playing in Europe anyway. It's only really the North/West African teams where there is a huge difference (where the CHAN team is almost like the C team). Similarly, if there was a "UEFA CHAN", San Marino's team would be almost the same as their national team, while Ireland's would be completely different.

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Mar 22 15 2:21 PM

Ghana-Namibia: Ghana B ? is this the team preparing for the COSAFA cup? what kind of team is it (CHAN?)?

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