Sunday Dec 02, 2018. 12:00
Namibia have withdrawn from the 2018 MOPANI Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships which will be hosted by Zambia.
The regional championships are set for lift-off on Sunday and run to December 14 as eleven teams compete for the coveted title that was won last year by South Africa.
Namibia cited financial constraints in their decision, a bitter disappointment for the nation who also missed out on the 2016 finals for the same reason.
It means that Group B at the tournament will have just three sides, South Africa, Mauritius and eSwatini, with each team to feature in one less fixture in their pool play.
“We are obviously very disappointed following the withdrawal of Namibia, who were our Under-17 winners in 2016 and likely to bring a strong squad to this championship in Zambia,” said Timothy Shongwe, Chairman of COSAFA’s Competitions Committee.
“Nevertheless, we still have an exciting field and are looking forward to another excellent tournament in Zambia filled with entertaining football, and the chance for growth and development for the best young players in our region.
“We thank our Zambian hosts and our valued partners in MOPANI Copper Mines for their continued support of Under-20 football in Southern Africa.”