2019 Cosafa Cup: Southern African tournament in danger of not being hosted

Zimbabwe celebrate after their dramatic victory over Zambia in the 2018 Cosafa Cup final

This year’s Cosafa Cup is in danger of not being hosted after the Southern African regional body on Sunday accused Zimbabwe of reneging on an agreement to host the 2019 edition.

This year’s tournament was set to start just weeks before the Africa Cup of Nations finals, offering five countries from the region, who have qualified for Egypt, a unique chance to warm-up in a tournament setting.

It now looks like Angola, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe will lose out unless late hosts are found.

In a strongly worded statement, Cosafa – whose president is former Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) boss Phillip Chiyangwa – accused Zimbabwe of breaching their hosting agreement and threatened disciplinary proceedings.

“The venue for the 2019 edition of the Cosafa senior tournament, scheduled from May 25 – June 8, remains undecided,” the statement said.