The Council of Southern African Football Associations has cancelled this year’s COSAFA Under-20 Championship.

Zambia defended the region under-20 tournament in Botswana beating Angola 2-1 in the final.

In a statement, COSAFA President Suketu Patel said his association will instead organise the under-17 football tournament at the forthcoming Zone Six under 20 Games to be staged in Lusaka.

Patel said COSAFA was looking forward to an excellent Zone Six Games and hoped that the football competitions in Zambia will be of high standard.

“The Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) remains committed to the development of football in the region, despite the fact that the COSAFA Under-20 Championships will not be staged this year,” Patel said.

“But COSAFA will instead be organising the men’s Under-17 football tournament at the 2012 Zone VI U20 Games to be staged in Lusaka.”

Zambia from December 7-16 December 2012. COSAFA will also manage the women’s Under-20 tournament at the Games,” the statement read.

Meanwhile FIFA, together with COSAFA, will conduct a Youth Coaching course for coaches during the Zone Six Games in Lusaka.

The Zone Six Games will be held in Lusaka from December 4-16.

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