Seychelles/Zambia: Football – Seychelles Drawn in Group B of Cosafa With Defending Champion

Seychelles’ men’s national football team will face a tough test in the 2023 Hollywoodbets Cosafa Cup in Durban after having been drawn in the group with the title-holder Zambia.

The Seychelles’ side is in group B with Zambia, Malawi, and Comoros. While Comoros is a known opponent from the Indian Ocean neighbour, the team’s biggest test will be against defending and record champions of the tournament, Zambia.

Zambia were the inaugural winner of the competition in 1997, and along with Zimbabwe, have won it a record six times each. Malawi, a two-time finalist, will also be a tough test for the Seychellois side.

For Seychelles, this competition has always been a tough one, with the team only ever winning once, and that was on penalties against Namibia in 2006.

At the time, in the group stages, four teams competed in a straight knockout and Seychelles’ win put them in the group C final, where they lost 2-0 to eventual champions, Zambia.

Group A comprises South Africa, Namibia, Eswatini, and Botswana, and group C is made up of Mozambique, Angola, Mauritius and Lesotho.

Two top teams from each group will advance to the last-four stage, along with the best-placed runner-up.

The competition’s format has changed for this year and there will be 12 teams from the region divided into three pools of four teams each. The previous format had two groups of four teams while six other teams joined at the quarterfinal stage.

According to the oganisers, the new format will ensure that a team plays a minimum of three games and allows for an extra day’s rest between most pool games.