Zambia coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has described the draw for the 2021 edition of Cosafa Cup as ‘very tough and competitive.’
Micho was reacting to the draw that saw his defending champions in the same Group B alongside neighbours Malawi, Comoros Islands and Madagascar.
“Practically, we are getting the roadmap, the way towards the World Cup qualifiers in September. We want to use Cosafa as a springboard; as a bridge towards the World Cup qualifiers that are starting in September,” he told Football Association of Zambia media.
“We are in a very tough, competitive group considering that Malawi have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations [finals], the team of Comoros have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations [finals] and Madagascar were quarter-finalists of the last Africa Cup of Nations..it is a tough competitive group where every match will count.”
The Serbian mentor said Chipolopolo will approach Cosafa Cup ‘step-by-step’ while aiming for the semi-final qualification and eventually, ‘defend the trophy.’
The draw took place in South Africa which will host the tournament from July 7 to 18 2021.
Guest team Senegal were drawn in Group C alongside Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia.
The hosts were drawn in pool A alongside neighbours Lesotho, Botswana and Eswatini.
Top team from each pool and the overall runner up will qualify for the semifinals.
Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa are the only teams in Southern Africa to have won the cup.