Gladiators gets Zim, Swaziland and Uganda at Cosafa Champs

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The Brave Gladiators will face familiar foes Zimbabwe, and Swaziland as well as anew challenge in quests Uganda at the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championships that will be staged in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa from September 12-22.

The draw for the prestigious regional competition was made in Johannesburg on Wednesday and pits the duo, who have both qualified for the 2018 African Women’s Championships later in the year, against one another and Namibia finds themselves in Group C together with Zimabwe, Swaziland and Uganda.

Hosts and defending champions South Africa are the top seeds in Group A and they will take on Botswana, Madagascar and Malawi in their bid to reach the semifinals for the sixth successive time in this competition.

The top team in each pool will advance to the semifinals along with the best-placed runners-up and there will be two stadiums used during the event, the 10,000-seater Wolfson Stadium and 3,000-seater Gelvandale Stadium.

The first COSAFA Women’s Championship was held in Zimbabwe in 2002 and was won by South Africa, who beat their hosts 2-1 in the final.

Four years later and the South Africans triumphed again at the finals in Zambia, when they beat Namibia 3-1 in the decider. South Africa then made it three in a row when they beat Zimbabwe in the finals of the 2008 tournament in Malange, Angola.

Zimbabwe then claimed the title in 2011, when they also acted as hosts, defeating South Africa 1-0 in the final.

Banyana Banyana got their revenge in Bulawayo 12 months ago though as they ran out 2-1 winners, their fourth trophy win in five events.

2018 COSAFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW

GROUP A
South Africa
Botswana
Madagascar
Malawi

Group B
Zambia
Cameroon
Lesotho
Mozambique

GROUP C
Zimbabwe
Swaziland
Namibia
Uganda