03 Sep 2015 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 03 SEP (NAMPA) The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) executive committee is satisfied with the infrastructure that will be used to host the regional tournament here next year.
The 2016 event will take place from 15 to 29 May at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and Independence Stadium in Windhoek, which hosted the 2014 African Womens Championship games.
Namibia are the defending champions of the Cosafa Cup won in South Africa earlier this year.
The Cosafa executive committee members who visited the venues and accommodation facilities are former Namibia Football Association (NFA) president John Muinjo, who stood in for Cosafa Chairperson Salemane Phafane; Organising Committee Chairperson Timothy Shongwe; and Secretary-General Sue Destombes.
A media statement issued by Cosafa on Tuesday quoted Shongwe as saying the facilities in Namibia are first-class and they are extremely pleased with the plans that have been outlined by the NFA and Namibian government for the 2016 Cosafa Cup.
This will be the biggest event Namibia has staged in terms of the number of competing teams, with 14 expected, but we are confident that our hosts have the infrastructure and the experience gained from their hosting of the 2014 African Womens Championship to make this one of the best Cosafa Cup tournaments to date, he said.
The statement also quoted Cosafa president Suketu Patel as saying the tournament will benefit Namibia both on and off the pitch in terms of providing experience of hosting major events, and also all the teams competing in it.
There are many spin-off benefits to hosting the Cosafa Cup, with one of the aims of the tournament being to assist various stakeholders in the southern African region up-skill themselves.
Cosafa is intent on developing skills within its member countries, using its various competitions to build capacity in areas such as television production, event management, coaching and administration through FIFA courses and direct exposure to and experienced gained through the hosting of regional tournaments, said Patel.
The next inspection tour will take place early October this year.