The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) yesterday announced that defending champions Namibia will host the prestigious Cosafa Cup 2016.
Namibia will stage the event for the first time in their history between May 15-29, 2016 at two venues in the capital Windhoek – the Sam Nujoma Stadium and Independence Stadium.
It follows the country’s successful hosting of the 2014 African Women’s Championship and has the full support of the Namibian Government and all stakeholders in the country.
The Ministry of Sport, Youth & National Service confirmed to the Namibian Football Association (NFA) that they would give the necessary financial guarantees to stage the event.
“The NFA is extremely pleased with the confidence Cosafa has shown by entrusting its flagship competition to our association,” NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro said.
“Of course, the success of the recent African Women’s Championship will have played a role in the decision, which goes to show the importance of hosting these major events for the emerging countries and National Associations.
“Hosting this competition will give the growth and development of the game in our country a whole new impetus. We know, as we have seen from the African Women’s Championship recently, that after this tournament next year more than ever before children in Namibia will choose to play football over any other sport. “As a National Association, that is what we want as a “take-away” from the event.”
Rukoro’s words were echoed by NFA President Frans Mbidi, who also thanked the Namibian government for their support.
“We are highly indebted to our National Government, the government of our young republic, for the backing they have given the NFA during the bidding, and will give during the hosting, of the Cosafa Cup 2016,” Mbidi said.
“The Minister, together with his Deputy has been extremely supportive towards NFA. The football family in Namibia and the Cosafa region will be indebted to the government and to the country as we proudly bask in the sunlight of hosting the sub-continent during May 2016.
“Furthermore, the Cosafa Cup gives us Namibians an opportunity to share all that is good about us – our democracy, stability, natural beauty, hospitality and a highly tolerant society. So come Cosafa, come all!”
Namibia this year became the fifth nation to win the Cosafa Cup since its inception in 1997. Zimbabwe and Zambia have four wins each, while South Africa and Angola have each won on three occasions. —supersport.com