Super Eagles’ 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying opponents, South Africa and Lesotho, are set to compete in the semifinals of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup.
This tournament serves as a regional competition for teams from Southern Africa and is organized by the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA).
Hosts South Africa will face Zambia in the semifinals, which will take place on Friday, July at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban. Simultaneously, Lesotho will clash with Malawi at the same venue.
To reach the semifinals, South Africa secured the top spot in Group A, which also included Botswana, Eswatini, and Namibia. Lesotho, on the other hand, claimed first place in Group C, prevailing over Angola, Mauritius, and Mozambique.
The COSAFA Cup has been held annually since the lifting of the ban against the Republic of South Africa. The tournament showcases the talent and competitiveness of teams from Southern Africa. South Africa emerged as champions in the 2021 edition when they won on home soil, defeating Senegal 5-4 on penalties.
Lesotho’s best performance in the COSAFA Cup came in the 2000 edition when they reached the final but ultimately lost 3-0 to Zimbabwe.
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