The draw for the HollywoodBets COSAFA Cup 2023 was conducted on Friday afternoon during the Annual General Meeting [AGM] in Johannesburg. CAF President, Dr Patrice Motsepe attended the meeting where he addressed the COSAFA members.

This year’s HollywoodBets COSAFA Cup is scheduled for 05-16 July in Durban. There will be 12 teams with three group stages. CAF President, Dr Patrice Motsepe was happy about the work which is done in the region to strengthen football and he also asked the governments to have a relationship with the region to strengthen the region’s football.

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“I will never accept, and I am from the nation that is represented here, that the ambition is not [to win the Africa Cup of Nations],” he said.

“Every leader in every COSAFA nation should have that clear objective goal. I know the enormous talent [in the region],” said the CAF president during the Annual General Meeting.

“The best way to market football in COSAFA is for the teams to be successful. A big football country is one that wins African competitions. We must tell the political leadership in the country that they should support football, and they should be proud also. There are times when we must talk nicely and make plans, but there are also times when we need to implement and get results.”

Draw for COSAFA Cup 2023 conducted
COSAFA Cup Draw

Group A will be made up of the hosts, South Africa together with the 2022 runner-up which is Namibia and others. Group B will have the defending champions, Zambia together with Malawi and others

The last group which is Group C will have Mozambique together with Angola and other nations. The HollywoodBets is still the sponsor of this competition. HollywoodBets will also sponsor the upcoming 2023 COSAFA Women’s Championship and 2023 COSAFA Women’s Champions League.

“We are delighted to be part of the HollywoodBets COSAFA Cup once again. Our partnership has grown since we first formed the relationship in 2019 and we hope to continue nurturing it,” the HollywoodBets Senior Football Sponsorship Coordinator, Indira Albuquerque said.

The winners in the group stages will advance to the Semi-Finals, while the best number two in the group stages will also advance to the group stages.

COSAFA CUP DRAW:

Group A 1. South Africa 2. Namibia 3. Eswatini 4. Botswana

Group B 1. Zambia  2. Malawi 3. Seychelles 4. Comoros

Group C 1. Mozambique 2. Angola 3. Mauritius 4. Lesotho

By Banele Hlakanyana

CAF president Dr Patrice Motsepe has sent a message of condolences following the passing of Richards Bay FC player Siphamandla Mtolo and Ivory Coast defender Sylla Moustapha.

Mtolo collapsed and died during the PSL side training session on Tuesday. It is alleged that the 29-year-old fell out of nowhere and was rushed to the Hospital. He was confirmed dead upon arrival.

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“CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe has expressed shock and sadness following the tragic death of Richards Bay FC player Siphamandla Mtolo,” the football motherbody said. 

“Dr Motsepe and the CAF Family mourns the tragic passing of a player who played a meaningful role in helping his club, Richards Bay FC gain promotion. to the elite league.  

CAF PRESIDENT DR PATRICE MOTSEPE MORNS SIPHAMANDLA MTOLO

“CAF conveys deepest condolences to the family of Siphamandla Mtolo, SAFA, PSL and Richards Bay Family during this difficult moment.”

The club is yet to communicate the date of Mtolo’s memorial and funeral services. 

IVORY COAST DEFENDER SYLLA MOUSTAPHA COLLAPSED AND DIED 

Meanwhile, CAF have also conveyed a message of condolences to Ivory Coast defender Sylla Moustapha who passed away on Sunday. 

The 21-year-old collapsed on the pitch away from the ball during a league game at Robert Champroux Stadium in Abidjan. He was playing for Racing Club Abidjan against SOL FC.

CAF president Dr Patrice Motsepe convey his condolences to Sylla Moustapha and Siphamandla Mtolo
CAF president Dr Patrice Motsepe convey his condolences to Sylla Moustapha and Siphamandla Mtolo

Opposition players immediately called for medical assistance on seeing him fall to the ground and he was rushed to hospital. 

CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe has expressed his shock and sadness following the tragic death of Ivorian youngster, Sylla Moustapha,” said CAF. 

“Moustapha collapsed on the pitch during the Ivorian Ligue 1 LONACI fixture between his club, Racing Club d’Abidjan and SOL FC at Robert Champroux Stadium in Cote d’Ivoire. Moustapha, who played as a left-back, was only 21 at the time of his death.”

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“Dr Motsepe and the CAF Family mourns the tragic passing of such a young life who showed promise on the football field. CAF conveys deepest condolences to the family of Sylla Moustapha. Ivorian Football Federation President Idriss Diallo, Racing Club d’Abidjan Family and the Ivorian people during this time of grieving.”

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