22nd COSAFA Cup celebrates rich history and exciting future in South African football

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22nd COSAFA Cup celebrates rich history and exciting future in South African football

The countdown begins for the highly anticipated 22nd edition of the COSAFA Cup, set to fascinate
football fans across Southern Africa from 05 to 16 July. Hollywoodbets, the leading South African
betting company, proudly announces its continued partnership as the naming rights sponsor for the
COSAFA Cup tournament for the second consecutive year.

The Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup, founded in 1997, has shaped Southern African football, launched
numerous stars and showcased unforgettable matches and moments.
The draw, held in May following COSAFA’s Annual General Meeting in Johannesburg, paved the way
for an exciting competition featuring the 12 competing teams divided into three groups, ensuring
intense battles and little margin for error. 

The tournament features an exciting structure where the top team from each group advances to the
semi-finals, alongside the best-placed runner-up. The winner of Group B will face the winner of
Group C in the semi-finals, while the top team in Group A will meet the best runner-up.

The excitement kicks off on July 5 at the King Zwelithini Stadium, with the clash between Eswatini
and Botswana at 15h00 CAT. The opening day also features a thrilling encounter between host
nation South Africa and Namibia at the same venue, scheduled for 18h00, promising an fascinating
start to the finest regional competition in Africa.

Defending champions Zambia will begin their campaign with a titanic tussle against Malawi on July 6
at 18h00, while Seychelles and Comoros go head-to-head in an all-island clash in Group B. Group C
fixtures kick off on July 7, with Mauritius taking on Lesotho at 15h00, followed by a Lusophone derby
between Mozambique and Angola at 18h00.

The final rounds of fixtures in Groups A and B will be played on July 11, utilising both the Chatsworth
Stadium and Princess Magogo Stadium. The pool stages will conclude the following day with the final
round in Group C. The highly anticipated semi-finals are scheduled for July 14, featuring the top
team from Group B against the top side in Group C, and the winner of Group A facing the best-
placed runner-up across the three pools.

The tournament will conclude in a thrilling third-place play-off on July 16 at 15h00, followed by the
grand finale of the 2023 Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup at 18h00, both hosted at the iconic King
Zwelithini Stadium.

Hollywoodbets’ Senior Football Sponsorship Coordinator, Indira Albuquerque, expressed delight in
the partnership and the opportunity to invest in the region through sports.

She said,” As we eagerly anticipate the 2023 Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup, we invite fans to join us in
celebrating the rich history and exciting future of Southern African football. This year’s tournament
promises to be another memorable edition, showcasing the talent and passion that defines the
COSAFA region.”

COSAFA President Artur de Almeida e Silva announced Hollywoodbets as the title sponsor for the
2023 COSAFA Cup, highlighting their long-standing partnership in Southern African football

“Together we can further the careers of male and female players from our region by putting on
world-class tournaments that provide an opportunity to represent their country at the highest level.
And it is not just players who benefit coaches, referees and administrators all further their

knowledge and learn new skills. We are looking forward to also welcoming Hollywoodbets on board
as sponsors of the 2023 COSAFA Women’s Championship that gets under way in August, another
opportunity to showcase the incredible football talent we have in the Southern African region.” She

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