The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Cosafa Club Competition Imminent

THE Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) plans to stage a regional club competition that would see the top teams from each member country compete for the title.

This was announced after its annual general meeting in Lusaka on Saturday.

In partnership with a South African broadcaster, Cosafa will over the coming months work towards finalising commercial agreements to turn the Champions League-style tournament into a reality.

Plans to bring back the Cosafa Senior Challenge are also at an advanced stage. Early indications are that Zambia will host the event between June and July next year.

Meanwhile, a proposal from the Lesotho Football Association to host the Cosafa Under-20 Championships in 2013 was tabled and will be reviewed by Cosafa.

The congress also resolved to support, without opposition, the candidature of itspresident, Suketu Patel, at the Confederation of African Football (Caf) elective congress in Morocco in March 2013.

Patel, who also holds the position of first vice president of Caf, will be unopposed for one of the region's two available seats on the Caf Executive Committee. The Football Association of Zambia's (FAZ) president Bwalya is also on the Caf committee, but his tenure extends to 2015 and he will not have to seek re-election in March.

One new seat, recently awarded to the Southern Africa zone, remains open and it was decided that dialogue, and close consultation, would take place amongst candidates and members to determine who would fill the new and vacant position.

Namibian Football Association president John Muinjo hailed the congress as a success and said it shows the respect among the nations that make up Cosafa.

"Our AGM has been a huge success. What you see in Cosafa is unity and very good conditions for all of us to work together," said Muinjo.

"In respect of what we got out of the congress today, the deliberations were of a very high quality and our resolutions reflect that. We are continuing with the progress of the last few years that will continue to help us develop the game in Southern Africa."

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