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COSSASA ball games draw

The Confederation of School Sport Association of Southern African (COSSASA)executive team.

The Confederation of School Sport Association of Southern African (COSSASA)executive team.

The Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa (COSSASA), on Wednesday 28 August 2013, drew groups for this year’s ball games at the Namibia Schools Sport Union offices in Windhoek.
The Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) president, Solly Duiker, said that the association decided to draw for the participating countries at a later stage to save controversies as it did in the past.
“In the past, we have received complaints about when teams were due to play because the draw would be made before teams arrived. But since Namibia is a democratic state, where we enjoy doing things in the open, we decided to conduct the draw now,” he said at a press conference.
As hosting country Namibia got the first position in all 4 ball games and will go against each representing country. Only four countries will compete in Basketball while all six in football and netball and only five in volleyball.
Moreover, it was earlier scheduled for Lesotho to host the games but due to financial constraints and after not receiving any support from its government, Lesotho failed to do so.
Speaking at the event president of COSSASA, Steve Bothasitse, said that for southern Africa to represent at global sport events and succeed there is need for governments of member states to assist financially.
“I appeal to all member country governments to take sports seriously and support such events so that we can participate more in global sports events and make SADC region proud,” said Bothasitse.
Bothasitse also thanked the Namibian government for once again officiating the regional games.
Six countries will battle it out in this year’s ball games. Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe will join the host in the four-day event. Athletes will compete in football, basketball, netball and volleyball with the age categories ranging from Under13 to Under 17.
In the first match for football Under 13 Namibia faces Zimbabwe while in the Under 17 Botswana faces Zimbabwe. The games will run from 29 to 31 August.

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