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Brave Warriors draw Madagascar

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The Brave Warriors were drawn against Madagascar in the 2022 Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) Cup scheduled for 05-17 July 2022 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa.The draw was conducted at the same venue on Tue…

The Brave Warriors were drawn against Madagascar in the 2022 Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) Cup scheduled for 05-17 July 2022 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa.

The draw was conducted at the same venue on Tuesday and saw Namibia enter the quarter-final stages as one of the unseeded teams at that stage.

This year, 13 of the 14 COSAFA nations participated in the draw with Zimbabwe the only team missing due to their ongoing International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) suspension.

The draw was conducted in two phases with the first one pitting the eight lowest positioned sides according to the latest FIFA rankings contesting a first-round pool stage.

In the group stage draw, Group A drew Angola, Comoros, Seychelles and Botswana and Group B comprises Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius and Eswatini.

The top teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals, where they are joined by the six higher-ranked sides in a knockout format.

In this stage, Namibia drew Madagascar while Zambia will face the winner of Group A.

Hosts and defending champions South Africa drew Mozambique while guests and last year’s silver medallists Senegal will face the winner of Group B.

The losing quarterfinalists will then play in the Plate tournament, while the winners will go on to face each other in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile speaking during his unveiling, Brave Warriors' new coach Collin Benjamin said he would be happy to play whoever the team draws as he does not control the process.

The Brave Warriors are scheduled to start training as soon as all the logistics surrounding the composition of the technical team have been completed.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency