History in the making at Nelspruit

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It will be the first time that the annual tournament is played on artificial turf. It is also the first time that South Africa hosts an international tournament on Astroturf.

Thulamahashe Stadium, which is situated in the Bohlabela District Municipality, recently underwent a major facelift to the tune of R1, 8 million which included the fitting of artificial turf.

“The games will be played at Thulamahashe, which is newly resurfaced with artificial turf, Kanyamazane and Kabhokweni Stadiums; all three venue are in and around Nelspruit,” says Sue Destombes, a member of the Cosafa Organising Committee.

Kanyamazane Stadium, in Ehlanzeni District Municipality, also recently underwent a R400 000 upgrade.

The Metropolitan Cosafa U-20 tournament, that features 13 national teams from Southern African, ends on December 10.

Hosts and defending champions Amajita are in a relatively easy group A along with Lesotho, Botswana and Mauritius.

Last year’s silver medalists Zambia are in Group B together with Angola, Seychelles and Namibia.

Group C comprises Malawi, Madagascar and Swaziland while the last group will see top seeds Zimbabwe, Mozambique and the Comoros battling out for the sole ticket to the next round.

Amajita coach Serame Letsoaka believes his squad, which is a blend of players that played in the African Youth Championships in Togo and Gambia and various tournaments around the country, are in good stead to retain the regional trophy.

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