Group B will be Competitive – Micho
Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has described as tough and competitive, Zambia’s pairing with Malawi, Madagascar and Comoros in Group B of the 2021 COSAFA Cup.
Micho’s charges will be heading to Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa as defending champions for the 20th edition of the tournament that will run from July 7-18.
“We want to use the COSAFA as a springboard towards the World Cup qualifiers. We are in a very tough competitive group where every match will count so much,” the Serb said.
“Our intention is to go there and top the group to go to the semi-finals and go step by step in order to defend the trophy.”
Sredojevic added that the tournament will provide a roadmap to the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers for participating countries in the region and guest nation Senegal.
“We are looking forward to make a comprehensive training programme that will make us ready for the tough competition. The 20th edition of COSAFA is not a walk in the park. We are a country that is a football leader in the region and we want to keep that position still.”
Hosts South Africa will battle Lesotho, Botswana and Eswatini in Group A while guests Senegal, six time winners Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia in Group C.
The regional showpiece makes a return to the football calendar after the 2019 edition was cancelled due to COVID-19. The top team in each group and the best placed runner-up will advance to the semi-finals.