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No COSAFA For Young Gladiators

Namibia's Young Gladiators
It does not make financial sense for Namibia to be part of the women's Cosafa tournaments next month, the NFA says. Cosafa announced earlier this week that the senior women's tournament and u17 girls' championship will take place simultaneously in South Africa from 5 to 13 November. 

However, the Young Gladiators will not be among the teams competing for honours at Nelson Mandela Bay. "We indicated that we are not going. They have no sponsor and want us to foot the whole bill," acting Namibia Football Association secretary general Franco Cosmos said on Tuesday. 

He said Cosafa asked that each member pay US$50 000 (about N$824 000) in membership fees. This is towards affiliation US$20 000 (N$330 000), and US$30 000 (N$495 000) for participation. "If you add preparation costs, appearance fees and other hidden costs, this figure will balloon," said Cosmos. 

"Many other members also indicated they cannot afford the fees and therefore won't be present. The situation is worse because of Covid-19. I said it before and I'll say it again: Covid football is expensive," he said. "It does not make sense for us to take on such a huge financial undertaking. Unfortunately, we will have to sit this one out." 

For the senior competition, only seven of 14 Cosafa member countries are part of the upcoming edition, while Tanzania will participate as the guest nation. Hosts South Africa will compete along with Angola, Botswana, the Comoros Islands, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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