‘Safa turned down hosting Cosafa’
The 2014 Cosafa Cup has been cancelled, the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) announced in statement on Wednesday.
“Cosafa had formally sought approval of the South African Football Association (Safa) for the tournament to be staged in their territory, at no cost to Safa; but as we have failed to receive the requisite permission from Safa, who cited the non-availability of dates in November/December from the PSL as the reason, Cosafa is forced to cancel the event,” a statement said.
It comes as a huge disappointment to the region as a commercial sponsor was in place for the 2014, 2016 and 2018 event, but their participation was contingent on the tournament being played in South Africa due to existing high standard of playing and broadcast infrastructure in the country.
“The Cosafa Cup plays a crucial role in helping develop the national teams of member associations and this year would have been of huge benefit as they prepare for qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations,” says Cosafa President Suketu Patel.
“No one is more disappointed than I, but now we can only work even harder and look forward towards the hosting and sponsorship for the 2015 tournament.”
After Zimbabwe withdrew their hosting of the 2014 event, Botswana was selected as the destination for the tournament, but a short lead-time meant no suitable sponsor could be found for the event.