The loss of the Central African side reduced the field to 13 teams and means Group A will be contested by three sides – Namibia, Mauritius and Seychelles.
The Equatorial Guinea Football Association have cited a lack of funds for their withdrawal at the 11th hour, having themselves been a replacement for East African guests Tanzania.
“We are obviously disappointed with the fact that Equatorial Guinea have withdrawn because they would have added a lot to the event,” chairman of the organising committee Timothy Shongwe says.
“It was too late to call in another replacement, so we have cut Group A to three teams which will no doubt make the pool even more competitive, with every match vital.”
The Cosafa Cup, Southern Africa’s showpiece regional championship, returns after an absence of three years, with Zimbabwe looking to defend the title they won on home soil in 2009.
The tournament starts on July 6, with the final to be played on July 20 in Lusaka.
|Cosafa Cup Zambia 2013|
|Group A||Group B|
|A1 Namibia||B1 Kenya|
|A3 Mauritius||B3 Lesotho|
|A4 Seychelles||B4 Swaziland|
|6/7/13||Day 1||Nambia vs Mauritius||2.30pm||Nkoloma (Lusaka)|
|7/7/13||Day 2||Kenya vs Lesotho||3pm||Arthur Davies (Kitwe)|
|Botswana vs Swaziland||5pm||Arthur Davies (Kitwe)|
|8/7/13||Day 3||Namibia vs Seychelles||2.30pm||Nkoloma (Lusaka)|
|9/7/13||Day 4||Lesotho vs Botswana||3pm||Arthur Davies (Kitwe)|
|Kenya vs Swaziland||5pm||Arthur Davies (Kitwe)|
|10/7/13||Day 5||Mauritius vs Seychelles||3pm||Nkana (Kitwe)|
|11/7/13||Day 6||Kenya vs Botswana||3pm||Nkana (Kitwe)|
|Lesotho vs Swaziland||3pm||Nkoloma (Lusaka)|
|Teams with a bye to the Knock-out round:|
|Zambia **, South Africa **, Angola **, Zimbabwe **, Mozambique & Malawi|
|13/07/13||Day 9||QF 1||Zimbabwe vs Malawi||1pm||Nkoloma (Lusaka)|
|QF 2||South Africa vs Group A winner||3.30pm||Nkoloma (Lusaka)|
|14/07/13||Day 10||QF 3||Angola vs Group B winner||1pm||Nkana (Kitwe)|
|QF 4||Zambia vs Mozambique||3.30pm||Nkana (Kitwe)|
|15/07/13||Day 11||Rest day|
|16/07/13||Day 12||Loser QF 1 vs Loser QF 3||3pm||Arthur Davies (Kitwe)|
|Loser QF 2 vs Loser QF 4||5pm||Arthur Davies (Kitwe)|
|17/07/13||Day 13||Win. QF 1 vs Win. QF 3||5pm||Levy Mwanawasa (Ndola)|
|Win. QF 2 vs Win. QF 4||8pm||Levy Mwanawasa (Ndola)|
|18/07/13||Day 14||Win. Plate 1 vs Win. SF2||3pm|
|Win. Plate 2 vs Win. SF1||5pm||Nkana (Kitwe)|
|19/07/13||Day 15||Rest day|
|20/07/13||Day 16||Loser SF 1 vs Loser SF 2||1pm||Levy Mwanawasa (Ndola)|
|Win. SF 1 vs Win. SF 2||3om||Levy Mwanawasa (Ndola)|