The COSAFA Cup will be staged in the South African coastal city of Durban from May 25 to June 8, helping as vital preparation for the region’s Africa Cup of Nations-bound sides.
The prestigious regional tournament will be hosted in partnership with the South African Football Association and the eThekwini Municipality, with venues around the city to enrich the 14-team competition.
Durban is a world-class sporting hub that was a major centre during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and combines top sporting facilities with excellent transport infrastructure, having played host to numerous domestic cup finals in recent years.
Angola, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are all teams that will be heading to the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt from June 21-July 19, and so will be able to use the COSAFA Cup to camp and play in high-quality competitive internationals just weeks before the continental showpiece.
The semi-final and final of the tournament will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, with King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi and the Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu to be used earlier in the competition.
Meanwhile, the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium and Chatsworth Stadium will be training venues for the teams.