Flames drawn against Angola, Mauritus, Lesotho in Cosafa Cup

Flames won the plate at last year's Cosafa

The Flames have been drawn against Angola, Mauritus and Lesotho in Group B of the 2016 edition of the Cosafa Castle Cup.
The draw was held on Thursday in the host country Namibia’s capital Windhoek.
According to the draw, Group B winners will face South Africa in the quarter-finals.
Flames coach Ernest Mtawali described the draw as fair.
“Although there are no longer underdogs in international football, I believe it is a fair draw. Our target is to reach the finals and win the cup,” he said.
The Flames have never won the cup since its inception in 1997.
Group A features Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Seychelles and one of the surprise packages from 2015, Madagascar.
The tournament will be staged in Namibia from June 11-25. The first round group stage will take up the first week of the tournament from June 11, with just the top team in each pool advancing to the quarterfinals.
The championship then continues in a knockout format, with the quarterfinal losers dropping into the Plate competition that was first introduced in 2013 and last year was claimed by Malawi.
Holders and hosts Namibia begin the defence of their title with a tricky quarterfinal clash against Botswana, while Zambia and South Africa will face the winners of first round Groups A and B respectively.
The draw has thrown up some tasty ties, not least a quarterfinal meeting between guest nation DR Congo and last year’s runners-up Mozambique.
Zambia and Zimbabwe have each claimed four titles each, with South Africa and Angola three-time winners. Namibia claimed their first championship when they won the 2015 edition.


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