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Botswana drops hosting rights to Cosafa Cup

The Council of Southern African Football Associations has announced that its 2014 Cosafa Cup national team tournament will be relocated from Botswana due to “financial and logistical constraints” in the original host country.

Botswana was due to stage the tournament from September 13-28, but Cosafa president Suketu Patel said the organisation is close to securing a new location for the event. South Africa has been linked as the replacement host with the Cosafa Cup now expected to be played in November/December.

Patel added: “Cosafa is pleased to report that it has now secured the necessary resources to host a tournament in November/December of this year. One of the requirements of the commercial partners is that the tournament is played in their country, and Cosafa has written to the relevant national association to seek permission to host the 2014 Cosafa Cup in their territory. Currently we await response to our request which has been promised by the end of this week.”

Following a three-year hiatus, the annual Cosafa Cup was held in Zambia last year with the host nation defeating Zimbabwe 2-0 in the final.