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‘Bafana Bafana Is The Big One’ - Karuru

Zimbabwe international star Ovidy Karuru first arrived in South Africa to play for Kaizer Chiefs in 2014, before later moving on to AmaZulu and now Stellenbosch FC.

He remains a stalwart of the Warriors squad some 13 years after making his debut and has had a huge impact on the COSAFA Cup in the past, including a remarkable six goals as Zimbabwe romped to the title in 2017.

He tells The COSAFA Show of his plans for the rest of this season at Stellenbosch FC, with the league set to restart on August 11, as well as his thoughts on the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers.

“We have been waiting to play [Bafana Bafana],” Karuru says of the World Cup preliminary games. “We always want to play against South Africa, because when we are here [in the Premier Soccer League] at our clubs, we always talk about it.

“We have missed the Battle of Limpopo! That one is going to be our toughest game because neither team wants to lose. When it comes to Ghana and the other team [Ethiopia], we just have to go there and get a result, then we take them on in the reverse fixture at our home ground.

“But against South Africa, there is no home, no away, with so many guys playing here [in the PSL]. It is going to be a tough one.”

Meanwhile, Lesotho national team head coach Thabo Senong is a year into the job and he updates on progress with Dikwena.

Senong twice led South Africa to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, but has now turned his hand to senior national team football and improving the football of Lesotho.
 They are a nation that often punch above their weight and he is relishing the challenge.

The Namibia Football Association are going through a turbulent time and recently expelled their Premier League as a member, leading to an overhaul of club football in the country.

NFA President Ranga Haikali updates on the situation there and what plans they have for the next few years.

Dove Reveals His Burning Ambition

Mozambique and Cape Town City defender Edmilson Dove is among many Premier Soccer League players itching to get back to action and waiting patiently for the competition to resume following the pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once called 'My Sergio Ramos' by former City coach Benni McCarthy, Edmilson has been a stalwart of the Mother City side since their formation in the 2016/17 season. Before then he was performing on the international stage, helping Mozambique to the 2015 COSAFA Cup final, where they would ultimately lose to Namibia, but not before he had forged his reputation as a superb operator.

He is still only 25, and while he has been linked with several other top South African clubs in recent times, he reveals his future ambition to The COSAFA Show: “[To play internationally] is the flame that is still burning inside of me. It is going to be a dream come true and you know what, I am still looking forward to it!” he said.

Also on the show, Banyana Banyana coach Des Ellis talks about the formation of a CAF Women’s Champions League and the future of the women's game.

Having picked up two African Women’s Coach of the Year awards in succession, there are few better placed on the continent to talk about the game. With so many Banyana Banyana players having recently moved overseas, there is a lot to look forward to.

To end the show, Mark Gleeson and Nick said interviewed the Botswana Football Association President, Maclean Letshwiti, who says he is confident of re-election to his post next month but admits it is no foregone conclusion. He also details how he has managed to turn around the fortunes of the association in the last four years, and what his plans are if he does win re-election.

On The COSAFA Show
* Mozambique and Cape Town City defender Edmilson Dove (1:32)
* Banyana Banyana coach Des Ellis (9:17)
* Botswana Football Association President Maclean Letshwiti (13:54)
* How to stay connected with COSAFA (23:10)

Micho Confident of Zambia Revival

Former Orlando Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is now in charge of the Zambia national side after a brief spell in Egypt with Zamalek, but has walked into the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is a totally different challenge for the Serbian tactician, who is hoping to help Chipolopolo recapture the Africa Cup of Nations title they won in 2012.

He tells The COSAFA Show what is needed for success and the pressure he feels to bring success to a team that has not even qualified for the last two editions of the continental finals.

But with a new generation of players such as the RB Salzburg duo of Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu, Micho is confident he can turn around the fortunes of the side.

“The magnitude of the job is huge, this is a country with unbelievable football potential and an enormous amount of talent,” Sredojevic says. “I feel it on my shoulders, carrying the dreams of millions of Zambians both home and abroad.

“[But] I believe in those players … that are getting the interest of Manchester United [Daka] and Real Madrid [Mwepu], and with players that I am preparing from here that are unknown.
“Let me tell you, power is to find that fish when he is still small, and feed that fish to become the shark!”

Meanwhile, the chairman of newly-crowned Botswana Premier League champions Jwaneng Galaxy, Njabulo Gilika, explains their recipe of success.

Galaxy had finished second in the previous three seasons, but finally claimed the coveted trophy in a season cut short by COVID-19.
He also gives the history of the side and what his plans are to create a dynasty of success.

Finally, COSAFA General Secretary Sue Destombes provides an update on the organisation's plans for the remainder of 2020, which will hopefully include the senior COSAFA Cup competition that was meant to be hosted in Durban in June.

She also reveals a bumper year in 2021 that will include two new competitions, with one the potential for a regional women’s Champions League.


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