WINDHOEK: The much anticipated men’s under-17 football competition at the Zone VI Games get under way in Lusaka, Zambia on Friday.
In a statement released to the media, the Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) anticipates that the competition is likely to be fierce and will attract scouts from around the SADC region and beyond. The football competition is being run under the guidance of the council of COSAFA.
The structure of the competition features 10 nations split into two pool of five teams. Group A sees hosts Zambia clashing with South Africa, Malawi Botswana and Seychelles while Namibia will face off with Angola, Swaziland, Mauritius and Lesotho in Group B.
The football matches are set to take place at the Nkoloma and Zanaco Sunset stadiums in Lusaka, with the opening match between hosts Zambia and Botswana being played in the later stadium at 10h00. South Africa will tackle Malawi at the same venue afterwards at 12h30.
The top two teams in each pool advances to the semifinals which will be contested on the December 14 and will be followed the next day by the competition’s third-place play-off. The 2012 men’s Under 17 champions will be decided in the final scheduled for December 26 at the Zanavco Stadium. Kick off for the decider will be at 14h00.
All times allocated are Namibian.