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Castle back as Cosafa Cup sponsors

Posted: 10 February 2013 Time: 21:57

South African Breweries (SAB), under their principal brand Castle, are back as sponsors of the popular regional tournament the Cosafa Cup, which will revert to being called the Cosafa Castle Cup this year.

Castle were the original sponsors of the competition in 1997 on a 10-year deal before pulling out in 2006 leaving the tournament to run without a sponsor from 2007-2009.

Suketu Patel, the president of Cosafa, revealed to on Saturday during the official opening of the new Cosafa House in Johannesburg that Castle are back as sponsors.

The tournament has been slotted in for July in Zambia.

“We agreed on a deal today with Castle regarding the sponsorship of the tournament which will be played in July in Zambia. The agreement that we have is that we will have the tournament this year with the option of extending if we have a successful competition this year,” Patel says.

“We will use the same format as in previous years with the weaker teams playing in the earlier rounds before they are joined by the top-ranked six teams later for the knockout stages.

“The objective is to give the lower ranked and weaker teams, like my country Seychelles, at least three games, while for the big guys like South Africa and Zambia quality competition. It is pointless to bring South Africa and Zambia now and make them play four games against weak teams,” Patel explains.

Zimbabwe has the most Cosafa titles, with four to their name, while Zambia, Angola and South Africa have three.

Article by: Lovemore Moyo

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:09 pm
atleast its something
@Funky_bee ,Zambian
posted: 11:26 pm
Southern Africa needs such ON..Congrats to Nigeria,new African kings
posted: 09:08 am
good move..Pliz bring the tounament to Botswana..
Bin Laden
posted: 09:51 am
It is pointless to bring South Africa and Zambia now and make them play four games against weak teams,” Patel explains

No Patel, it is pointles and stupid to call South africa a big guy..south africa must play 4 games as a weaker team..u overating this palookas
posted: 10:54 am
greeeat....mad i remember when we hosted cosafa castle cup in botswana, and how we drove all the way to namibia for defenately going to zambia...
thanx CASTLE
\"CHAMP\\\" DjScratch
posted: 02:10 am
@Bin Laden
Go to hell u bloody kwere kwere
posted: 09:48 pm
@DJScratch. What's your problem? South Africa is useless. It can not be called a powerhouse. @Bin Laden. Spot on, mate! And the format being adopted by COSAFA is useless. Why don't they just adopt the format of CECAFA? All COSAFA members lumped in equal groups with winners and runners up and best third placed teams or whatever the case proceed to the quarter finals!!! Let the small teams grow by playing the power houses in the group stages!!!!
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