COSAFA Cup 2024: Kenya to Participate as Guest Team

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The Confederation of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup, an annual football tournament featuring teams from Southern Africa, has finalized its groupings for the upcoming 2024 edition.

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This year, Kenya has been invited as a guest team to compete in the tournament, adding an exciting dynamic to the competition. The tournament is slated to take place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, from June 26th to July 7th, 2024.

Guest team slot awarded to Kenya

Kenya finds itself placed in Group B, alongside formidable opponents Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Comoros. The East African nation’s inclusion in the COSAFA Cup adds a new level of competitiveness to the tournament, as they aim to make their mark against established COSAFA teams.

Kenya men’s national team – Harambee Stars – are set to compete in this year’s Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup set for 26 June to 7 July.

The announcement, made by Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa on Sunday, comes after one of the participating nations – Malawi – pulled out of the 12-team regional tournament.

It is reported that the Malawi Football Association has taken the decision to skip the tournament as they mourn the death of their Vice President Saulos Chilima, who was killed in a plane crash on 10 June.

Harambee Stars will therefore come in as their replacements, joining Group B, which also has Zambia, Comoros and Zimbabwe.

The other groups in the 2024 COSAFA Cup are as follows:

Group A:

  • South Africa
  • Mozambique
  • Eswatini
  • Botswana

Group B:

Zambia
Kenya
Comoros
Zimbabwe

Group C:

  • Angola
  • Namibia
  • Lesotho
  • Seychelles

With the grouping now complete, teams will intensify their preparations for the prestigious tournament, which promises thrilling matches and fierce competition. South Africa, as the defending champions, will look to retain their title, while other teams will be eager to showcase their talent and make a statement on the regional stage.

Host venue confirmed

Port Elizabeth, a vibrant coastal city in South Africa, will serve as the host venue for the COSAFA Cup, providing a picturesque backdrop for the football action to unfold. Fans can expect an electrifying atmosphere as teams battle it out for supremacy and glory in one of Africa’s most prestigious regional tournaments.

As the countdown to the 2024 COSAFA Cup begins, anticipation is high for the clash of titans, underdogs looking to upset the established order, and the sheer passion and skill that will be on display. Football enthusiasts across the region are sure to be treated to an unforgettable spectacle as the tournament kicks off in June, with Kenya’s participation adding an exciting element to the competition.

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