South Africa and Mozambique ready for COSAFA Women's Cup 2011
The 2011 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations(COSAFA) women's cup has been scheduled to take place on the island of Reunion from July 2nd to July 9th,2011. According to COSAFA operations manager Sue Destombe,delegations to the tournament should comprise of 20 players and 5 officials.
South Africa's Banyana Banyana have confirmed their participation as they intend to use the tournament as part of their preparation towards the last phase of the 2012 Olympic games qualifier.
As the the host nation of the All Africa Games,Mozambique's women's national team will also use the COSAFA tourney as preparation towards the games The AAG will be held in Maputo in September.
Countries eligible for the tournament are as follows: Angola,Botswana,Comoros,Lesotho,Malawi,Mozambique.Namibia,Réunion(host nation),South Africa,Swaziland,Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi Returns To International Women's Soccer
Malawi makes a return to international women's soccer after a 5 year absence as the Football Association of Malawi confirmed their participation in the CAF 2012 African Women Championship.Malawi first participated in the 2004 AWC qualifiers but were beaten by Ethiopia on a 9-0 aggregate. They later participated in the COSAFA cup tournament in 2006 but lost all three matches.
Malawi's women's national team program was cancelled based on the reason of unreadiness of the team to participate in international competitions.Since then, regional women's soccer leagues have been organized across the country with over 60 clubs competing nationwide and favorable results recorded has been the catalyst for the return of Malawi's women's national team to international competition.Malawi's women's national team is currently unranked by FIFA.