JOHANNESBURG – Defending champions South Africa, hosts Zambia, as well as last year’s runners up, Lesotho, on Tuesday were named as the three seeded sides for the draw of the Under-20 Cosafa Championship in Kitwe in Zambia.
The tournament runs from December 2 to 14, while the draw takes place on Wednesday in Kitwe.
The three seeded sides will head the pools, with Zambia in Group A, South Africa in Group B and Lesotho penned in for Group C.
The remaining nine sides will be placed in two pots based on their ranking according to performance at the 2017 Under-20 Cosafa Championships that were also held in Kitwe.
Each group will have four nations, while only the top team in each pool and the best-placed runner-up will advances to the semifinals.
The 2018 Under-20 Cosafa Championships draw
The seeded teams are:
Group A –Zambia (Host country)
Group B –South Africa (Winners in 2017)
Group C –Lesotho (Runners-up in 2017)
Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Swaziland
Mozambique, Mauritius, Angola, Reunion, Botswana
African News Agency (ANA)