Cosafa Cup draw moved to Johannesburg

27 Apr 2016 20:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 APR (NAMPA) – The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) draw, which was slated for Windhoek on Thursday, has been moved to South Africa.
Cosafa, through the Namibia Football Association (NFA), announced the change of venue on Wednesday, saying it will still take place on the same day but in Johannesburg.
The tournament is scheduled from 11 to 25 June.
The NFA said in a statement issued on Wednesday the change of venue was necessitated by non-availability of flights from Windhoek to Johannesburg on the day after the draw.
“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused, but these are circumstances beyond our control,” Cosafa Chief Operations Officer Sue Destombes was quoted in the statement.
NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro, who is also a member of the Cosafa Local Organising Committee (LOC), also expressed regret.
“All flights are fully booked until Tuesday, 03 May and that could have meant the whole Cosafa delegation from all over the region stays in Windhoek until Tuesday, which is very costly.
“The best decision we arrived at was to host the draw in Johannesburg instead of Windhoek on Thursday as earlier planned,” Rukoro said in the statement.
The group matches will be played between 11 and 16 June at the Sam Nujoma and Independence stadiums. Quarterfinal action will be on 18 and 19 June, with the Plate semi-final to be contested on 21 June and the semi-finals proper slated for 22 June. The Plate final will be on 24 June and the match for third place as well as the final to be played on 25 June.