Harambee stars eye 4m at COSAFA cup

By eric odanga
Jun 20, 2013
  • FKF President Sam Nyamweya (left)with Worthmore Category Marketing Manager David Minja.

With the hopes of the 2014 World cup all but gone, Harambee stars focus will shift to the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations, Cosafa Cup, which starts in Lusaka, Zambia on July 6, where they will be looking to bag the Ksh.4 million winners prize. 

Kenya opens its campaign against Lesotho before facing Swaziland and Botswana in an event Football Federation believes offers the Star a good chance to keep on improving.

“We are prepared to take on the big boys from the Southern African region. This tournament will not only be good for Kenyan football but also for the players to test themselves against teams from the Southern region,” said Nyamweya.

Kenya, a member of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Association,Cecafa and Equatorial Guinea are guest countries. Equatorial Guinea has replaced Tanzania who had been invited but were unable to take part. According to the draw which were based on the April FIFA rankings, Kenya and five other teams will battle it out in the pool stages before proceeding to the quarter final.

Kenya play Lesotho on July 7, 2013 in Kabwe before meeting Swaziland two days later in Kabwe before taking on Botswana on July 11 in Lusaka. If Kenya goes through pool B they face Angola in the quarterfinal. Pool A has guests Equatorial Guinea, Namibia, Mauritius and Seychelles.

The winner will play South Africa in the quarter finals. Other teams granted byes to the quarters are Zambia who face Mozambique and 2009 winners Zimbabwe who play Malawi.

Bumper prize money

Zimbabwe hosted the last tournament in 2009 and beat Zambia 3-1 in the final. The Southern African brewer, Castle on Thursday announced an elaborate rewarding plan for the Ksh. 8.3 prize money for the tournament which is also sponsored by MTN and Mopani Copper Mines.

The runner-up bags Ksh. 2m and 1.2m set aside for the third place finisher at the tournament which has also set aside prize money for outstanding individual performances.

“It gives us great pleasure and honor to be back on this tournament. The COSAFA Cup will be an event where quality rises to the top,”said David Minja, the Worthmore Category Marketing Manager, Africa SAB Miller.

The Cosafa Cup is an annual tournament for teams from the Southern Africa region o.

The tournament, which makes a comeback after a three-year absence and was first played in 1997. The last edition in 2009 was held in Zimbabwe and Angola failed to find the backing to host the 2010. The opening match is in Lusaka where Equatorial Guinea take on Mauritius.

Besides Lusaka, the matches will be played in Kitwe and Ndola. The semi-finals will be played in Ndola, the Plate games in Kitwe. The rest of the games as well as the final will be played in Ndola.

Fixtures July 6: Equatorial Guinea v Mauritius (Lusaka), Namibia v Seychelles (Lusaka); July 7: Kenya v Lesotho, Botswana v Swaziland (Kabwe); July 8: Mauritius v Namibia, Equatorial Guinea v Seychelles (Lusaka); July 9: Lesotho v Botswana, Kenya v Swaziland (Kabwe); July 1o: Equatorial Guinea v Namibia (Kabwe), Mauritius v Seychelles (Lusaka); July 11: Kenya v Botswana (Lusaka), Lesotho v Swaziland (Kabwe). Quarter finals July 13: Zimbabwe v Malawi (Lusaka), South Africa v Group A Winners (Lusaka); July 14: Angola v Group B Winners (Kabwe), Zambia v Mozambique (Kabwe). July 15: Rest Day.