The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) ladiesâ€™ team is to face some stiff competition in the Confederations of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) group stages. The draw for the inaugural 2021 TOTALENERGIES CAF Womenâ€™s Champions League l COSAFA Qualifier that will be played from August 26-September 4 has pitted the giants of womenâ€™s club football in the region against one-another in some massive ties.
South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies are the seeded side in Group A, and will take on Lesotho Defence Force, Double Action Ladies from Botswana and Eswatiniâ€™s Manzini Wanderers.
Zambian side Green Buffaloes are the seeds in the three-team Group B and have been drawn alongside Black Rhinos Queens of Zimbabwe and TURA Magic from Namibia.
The top two teams in each pool will advance to the semifinals.
It is the first time COSAFA are staging a club competition, with the victor to advance to the continental showpiece event that is set for later in the year.
It makes the stakes high beyond regional bragging rights and provides plenty to play for over the 10 days of competition.
â€œThis is a momentous day for us in the COSAFA region,â€ COSAFA General Secretary Sue Destombes said. â€œThis is something that we have had on our radar for a while, but itâ€™s a great initiative from CAF to implement a Champions League competition and do the qualifiers at a zonal level.
â€œWe have seven teams taking part in 2021, but by next year we hope to have all 14 of our member associations participating. This is just the start, but we are putting a peg in the ground.â€
The competition will be followed almost immediately by the COSAFA Womenâ€™s Championship that will take place from September 9-19 in Nelson Mandela Bay.
2021 TOTALENERGIES CAF WOMENâ€™S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE I COSAFA QUALIFIER DRAW
Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
Lesotho Defence Force (Lesotho)
Double Action Ladies (Botswana)
Manzini Wanderers (Eswatini)
Green Buffaloes (Zambia)
Black Rhinos Queens (Zimbabwe)
TURA Magic (Namibia)