|A1: Lesotho||B1: Angola|
|A2: Kenya||B2: Mozambique|
|A3: Comoros||B3: Madagascar|
|C1: Zambia||D1: Botswana|
|C2: South Africa||D2: Zimbabwe|
|C3: Namibia||D3: Swaziland|
Championship historical statistics
The Cosafa under-20 Youth Championships returns after a year’s break with the latest tournament to be staged in Lesotho from December 3-14, 2013.
We thought we would have some fun and pick out some key numbers from the history of the regional showpiece junior competition.
0 – The only final to finish goalless was in 2001 when Zambia needed a penalty shoot-out to beat Angola 5-3 on spot-kicks. That remains the only final to go to a shoot-out.
2 – The number of host cities at the COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships – Mafeteng and Maseru.
3 – Angola lost three finals in a row between 2000 and 2002. They made the deciding match in 2011 but lost again. They have yet to win the regional title.
4 – The number of first round groups at this year’s COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships – two with four teams and two with three countries.
9 – The most number of goals scored in a single final – South Africa defeated Zambia 5-4 in 2004!
9 – South Africa beat Namibia 9-0 in the group stages of the 2009 tournament. Thulane Ngcepe scored a hat-trick that day.
10 – The number of titles won by Zambia, the most successful nation in the history of the COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships.
11 – The number of years in a row that South Africa hosted the event between 1999 and 2009.
14 – The number of teams who will compete in this year’s COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships in Lesotho, including East African guests Kenya.
24 – The number of matches that will be played at this year’s COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships.
1983 – The first time a regional competition was staged for junior teams. It was won by Zambia.
2000 – The first time a nation other than Zambia or Zimbabwe lifted the trophy – South Africa claimed the prize in 2000.
2005 – Madagascar became just the fourth country to lift the trophy after Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.