For the first time in 21 years, the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) region will send their largest number of representatives to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Five teams from the region confirmed their places at the end of a long qualifying campaign at the weekend. Zimbabwe and South Africa will be joined by Angola, Namibia and newcomers Madagascar at the AFCON finals scheduled to start from June 21 to July 19 in Egypt. For the second time in successive campaigns, Zimbabwe have qualified as group winners.
The last time that Southern Africa had five teams at the event was at the 1998 finals in Cote d’Ivoire with North and West African countries dominating successive editions of the tournament.