The competition will now run from June 11-25 in Namibia.
“The changes in dates from the month of May are due to the later than usual end to the South African Premier Soccer League, which contains key players from a number of nations in the region.
“The top two divisions in South Africa end their league season on May 21, with the Nedbank Cup to be staged on May 28. Thereafter players will disperse across the continent for African Nations Cup qualifiers duty, with the COSAFA Castle Cup 2016 to be held directly after those engagements,” reads a statement from COSAFA.
Timothy Shongwe, the chairman of the Organising Committee, is then quoted explaining the reasons for moving the dates from May to June.
“We have decided to move the dates of the COSA Castle Cup 2016 so as to give every competing nation the opportunity to bring their best squads to Namibia. This is the flagship tournament for Southern Africa and we want to make sure that we see the very best talent the region has to offer on display,” says Shongwe.
Tournament hosts Namibia are also the defending champions.
All 14 member countries of COSAFA – Angola, Botswana, Comoros Islands, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe have been invited.