Déjà vu as Namibia gets Zambia in Cosafa Cup

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The Brave Warriors will face Zambia in the 18th edition of the COSAFA Cup in May and coach Ricardo Mannetti says the repeat of the 2015 and 2016 wins will be what the doctor should prescribe for his team.

The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) today announced the draw for the regional showpiece competition to be staged in South Africa’s Limpopo province from May 27 to June 9 and Namibia will take on nemesis Zambia in the quarterfinals and coach Mannetti calls it Déjà vu.

“ We played Zambia at the quarterfinals stage in 2015 when we went on to win our first Cosafa title and I hope that happens again. We also beat them in 2016 in the Plate final at home and we recently met at CHAN finals in Morocco and played a draw. We are sides that know each other very well and can’t get enough of facing each other”, says Mannetti who is preparing to take his side to a friendly match at Swaziland on Thursday.

He coach adds that he beliefs his side have had the best of their rennet clashes. “ The last five encounters, we have been the better side and at Cosafa this year that should continue. They will be prepared and we will also be ready. The game goes on” states Mannetti.

Zimbabwe return as defending champions having claimed a record fifth COSAFA Cup title in South Africa last year and they will face the winner of Group B in the quarterfinals, which contains powerhouse Angola, Botswana, Mauritius and Malawi.

Hosts South Africa will take on the winner of Group A, which contains Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros Islands and Seychelles. The other two quarterfinals will see four-time winners Zambia clash with Namibia and Lesotho take on Swaziland.

South Africa and Zambia have each claimed four titles in the COSAFA Cup competition before, while Angola have three and Namibia celebrated their single success in 2015.