It's a small amount - Namundjebo

Cosafa held their AGM in Johannesburg on Saturday without members from Namibia, Zimbabwe and Angola in participation.

03 February 2020 | Sports

The Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) reflected on a successful 2019 and plotted the way forward for the next 12 months at the 2020 annual general meeting held recently.

Namibia, Zimbabwe and Angola were barred from the meeting as they owed unspecified amounts in membership fees.

When contacted by Namibian Sun Sports Desk, Fifa Normalisation Committee chair Hilda Basson-Namundjebo did not specify the amount owed, but said it was small and they were in the process of settling it.

“It's always a challenge between operational expenses, team's participation and the settlement of long-term debt,” the chairperson said.

Basson-Namundjebo added that she would meet with the Women's Football Desk this week to discuss the way forward and that a task force was formed to find money for their activities.

The AGM was led by Cosafa president Philip Chiyangwa, with several pressing matters pertaining to Southern African football robustly discussed and resolutions made. The audited financial statements up to September 2019 were scrutinised and approved by the assembly.

The general assembly also ratified the Cosafa tournament plan for 2020, which is as follows: women's U-17 Championship – Port Louis, Mauritius (April), men's senior championship – Durban, South Africa (June 13 to 27), men's U-17 championship – Blantyre, Malawi (July 22 to 1 August), women's senior championship – Port Elizabeth, South Africa (September 11 to 23), women's U-20 championship – Maseru, Lesotho (December 2 to 12), and the men's U-20 championship – Port Louis, Mauritius (December 3 to 12 - venue to be confirmed.

There is also the hope that a women's U-17 beach soccer tournament can be held in Seychelles from October 19 to 25, but this is dependent on sponsorship. There is also the possibility of a Men's Futsal competition at a venue and date that has yet to be determined.

The Cosafa Disciplinary and Ethics Codes have also been approved by the AGM.

There were also two presentations made, the first by Spain's LaLiga, who are seeking to extend their partnership with Cosafa to continue to help develop grassroots football in the Southern African region.

LaLiga have become a valued partner in creating opportunities for young footballers through the supply of equipment and expertise during Cosafa's youth festivals that are held at every tournament.

There was also a presentation from Zimbabwe Olympic Committee medical commissioner Nicholas Munyonga, who is chairman of the Africa Zone VI Regional Anti-Doping Organisation.

Dr Munyonga gave details of how the organisation seeks to keep football drug free through their various initiatives around the region.

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