Destombes: Zimbabwe deserve to host 2019 COSAFA Cup

Destombes: Zimbabwe deserve to host 2019 COSAFA Cup
George Chigova of Zimbabwe celebrates a victory with teammates during the 2018 COSAFA quarter finals match between Zimbabwe and Botswana at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 03 June 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Jan 25, 2019. 13:00

Southern African country Zimbabwe are the best placed member association to host the 2019 COSAFA Cup.

This according to COSAFA's Secretary General Sue Destombes, who met with Zimbabwe's Sport and Recreation Commission and government officials to seek the green light to stage the senior men’s tournament in the country.

“We had a very good meeting with the Sport and Recreation Commission today and they had held a preliminary meeting with the minister. There is a lot of interest and keenness on the part of government to host the tournament," Destombes said on the ZIFA website.

“We are confident that the tournament will be played in Zimbabwe from the 19th of May to the 1st of June,” she said.

Zimbabwe last hosted the tournament in 2009, but has also hosted two women’s tournaments in 2011 and 2017 which were ‘immensely successful tournaments.

“We have always had successful tournaments in Zimbabwe.

“They [Zimbabwe] have got eh necessary infrastructure in terms of training grounds, hotel and accommodation, transportation and it’s a football loving nation,” she added.

Being the reigning COSAFA champions, Zimbabwe’ Warriors will be looking to defend their title on home soil.

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