Bloemfontein to host Cosafa Cup final


Safa has negotiated a postponement of the League fixture between Mamelodi Sundowns and Jomo Cosmos at Loftus Stadium on the day to allow the match to go ahead.

The final will have an evening kick off, either 19h00 or 19h30 depending on TV demands, organisers said.

Last month’s semifinals in Pretoria were overshadowed by a club versus country row that left South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira unable to six players he had originally called up for the match against Botswana, which South Africa won 1-0.

Zambia, who beat Mozambique 3-0 in their semifinal the same day, are defending champions in the annual southern African championship and are seeking a record fourth win in the last 11 years. Bafana Bafana have won the tournament only once before in 2002.

Meanwhile Zambia’s skipper Christopher Katongo has said he is ready to come and play in the crucial final.

The former Jomo Cosmos striker, now plying his trade for Danish side Brondby IF shattered South Africa’s pride with three goals in 18 minutes in Zambia’s 3-1 win over Bafana Bafana in Cape Town last month adds that he is looking forward to the match.

Speaking to Kick Off from Denmark today, Katongo said his participation in Bloemfontein would depend of Brondby releasing him for the match.

Katongo explained that Brondby will only release him if the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) writes to his club and that he foresaw no problem with that, as there would be no club commitment on October 24.

“I will wait to hear from the national team manager Solly Pandor on how we will move from here but I really want to come and play. We will have no game on October 24,” Katongo said.

He stressed that it was important that Zambia defended the Cup they won last year after beating Angola in the final played in Lusaka.