By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Botswana has confirmed their withdrawal from the 2020 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations, COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship to be hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay from November 5-13, citing an inability to secure the release of players from schools due to final year exams.
It means the competition will be reduced to five teams, and in turn, provides a change of format into a single group where all sides play one another in a round-robin format.
That ensures four matches for the remaining sides, who are hosts South Africa, Comoros, East African guest nation Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
It is likely to be a highly competitive pool with teams earning three points for a win and one for a draw.
The fixtures will be decided on Thursday when the draw is made for the competition, along with the senior COSAFA Women’s Championship that will also be staged in Nelson Mandela Bay from November 3-14.
The draw is at 10h00 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and will be streamed live on COSAFA.TV.
The Botswana Football Association (BFA) confirmed to COSAFA that they will be unable to assemble a team for the Under-17 tournament, having featured in the inaugural competition in Mauritius last year.
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