There will be no accreditation for foreign or local journalists during the upcoming the Senior Women Championship beginning November 3-14, the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations says.
The senior championship is expected to run concurrently with the Under-17 competition which kickoffs from November 4-14. Both tournaments will take place in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
COSAFA has aligned its COVID-19 Media process with hosts the South African Football Association (SAFA), who have vast experience having formulated the plan for the restart of their domestic Premier Soccer League in August, the statement said.
“No media will be allowed into the match venues, which means no accreditation for foreign or local journalists.
“COSAFA has appointed a photographic agency to have one photographer present per match, and these images will be syndicated via our media distribution platform.
“COSAFA will use the same platform to distribute pre-match content, as well as text-based wraps of all the match-days. Post-match press conferences with both coaches will be available via Zoom. A link for this will be sent to media who register.”
The statement adds that matches at the COSAFA Women’s Championship are set to be televised with details expected to be announced in due course.
Meanwhile, games at the COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship will be available via streaming on COSAFA.TV.
COSAFA has since promised to be supplying video content around general interviews and CSI initiatives that will be supplied rights free for use.
The Malawi Senior National Women’s Football team is in Group C alongside 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship runners-up Zambia and Lesotho in Group B ahead of this year’s competition.
During the 2017 Scorchers suffered a 6-3 drubbing at the hands of Zambia, one of the team’s heaviest defeats in the tournament since 2002 when the two teams first met.
Despite stats placing Shepolopolo in a poll position, Malawi National Women’s Football team head coach McNelbert Kazuwa believes this draw presents the Scorchers an opportunity to go far in the competition.
Their first match will be against Lesotho on a Saturday of 7th November 2020 at Wolfson Stadium, before playing Zambia on 9th November 2020 at the same venue.
Only the top team in each pool and the best runner-up advance to the semifinals.
Hosts South Africa are in group A together with ESwatini, Comoros and Angola while group C has Zimbabwe, Botswana and Tanzania.
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