Angola has withdrawn its participation in this year’s 2019 Confederation of Southern Africa Football Association ( COSAFA) competition.

According to a statement by the COSAFA secretariat in South Africa, Angola’s Palancas Negras have with immediate effect withdrawn from the championship citing the need to complete their league season and preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations as the reasons.

The short notice has placed COSAFA Cup organisers in a tight spot and despite canvasing far and wide across the continent for a replacement, the timeframe simply does not allow for a new participant with the tournament to get under way in Durban this weekend.

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