9 November 2017 – The Burger King-sponsored Amajita have been drawn in a tricky group in the 2017 COSAFA U20 Championships.
The South Africans, runners up in the last edition of the tournament, will have to deal with North African guest nation, Egypt, as well as Mozambique and Mauritius in Group B.
The competition will be played in Kitwe, Zambia from 6 – 16 December 2017.
In the first match, Amajita will be up against Mozambique on Thursday, 7 December at Nkana Stadium. The second match will see Thabo Senong’s charges playing against Mauritius on Sunday, 10 December at the same venue.
Both clashes kick off at 12h00.
In the third and final group stages fixture Amajita will move to Arthur Davies Stadium for a date with Egypt on Tuesday, 12 December, while Mozambique and Mauritius will battle it out in the other group match – the clashes will be played simultaneously at 15h00.
In Group A hosts and defending champions Zambia will take on Swaziland, East African guest nation Uganda and Malawi.
Group C will be another tough one to call with Angola, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe battling it out for the top spot.
The three group winners will be joined by the best placed runner up in the semifinals.
Zambia will open the defence of their title with a clash against Uganda at the Arthur Davies Stadium on Wednesday, 6 December – but the opening match of the regional soccer showpiece will see Swaziland lock horns with Malawi earlier in the day.
Angola will also be in action on the opening day against Namibia.
Matches will be played at the Arthur Davies and Nkana stadiums in Kitwe.
The group stage will be completed on December 12, followed by a rest day, with the semifinals to be staged at the Arthur Davies Stadium on December 14.
The third-place play-off and the final will move to the Levy Mwanawasa in Ndola on December 16.
NB: FORMAT FOR THE DRAW:
- Hosts Zambia, South Africa and Angola were all seeded
- Defending champions Zambia were in Group A, while South Africa, who finished runners-up in 2016 were in Group B
- Angola were the third seeded team having finished fourth last year, with bronze-medalists DR Congo not taking part in this championship
Zambia, Swaziland, Uganda, Malawi
South Africa, Egypt, Mozambique, Mauritius
Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe
SA U20 COSAFA Fixtures:
South Africa vs Mozambique
Thursday, 7 Dec 17
Mauritius vs South Africa
Sunday, 10 Dec 17
South Africa vs Egypt
Tuesday, 12 Dec 17
Arthur Davies Stadium
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COSAFA UNDER – 20 YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP
|17.||SOUTH AFRICA||V||EGYPT||B||12/12/2017||15h00||Arthur Davies|
REST DAY & DEPARTURES
|19.||WIN.GROUP B||V||BEST LOSER||14/12/2017||14h30||Arthur Davies|
|20.||WIN. GROUP A||V||WIN.GROUP C||14/12/2017||17h30||Arthur Davies|
|21.||LOSER M19||V||LOSER M20||16/12/2017||10h30||Levy Mwanawasa|
|22.||WIN. M19||V||WIN. M20||16/12/2017||14h00||Levy Mwanawasa|
|16h00||(PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY)|
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