Angola has withdrawn from the 2019 Cosafa Cup citing the need to complete their league season and preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations as their reasons. The tournament is set to get underway in Durban this weekend.
The withdrawal means that this year’s Group A will have only three teams, eSwatini, Mauritius and Comoros Islands. One of these sides now has an excellent opportunity to reach the quarter-finals and play the defending champions, Zimbabwe on June 1.
Three-time winners Angola have missed two previous Cosafa Cup tournaments, in 1997 and also in 2015.
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