The draw for the senior COSAFA Cup has been held as the tournament returns with a new name and a new format with the Comoros Islands joining for the first time, according to Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.
The top six teams in the region all have byes into the quarterfinals, namingly defending champion South Africa, Angola, Botswana, ozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe which have dominated the recent FIFA rankings.
The other eight have to play in a 2 group tournament from July 19 to 24 in which Swaziland have been drawn with Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles in Group A.
Malawi is in Group B along with Lesotho, Namibia and the Comoros.
The group winners will advance to the quarterfinals on July 26 where recent World Cup finalists, Angola play the Group B winner while the Group A victors take on hosts South Africa.
In the other two quarterfinals Zambia and Zimbabwe have been put together while Botswana and Mozambique will also resume hostilities.
The tournament is being hosted and sponsored by South Africa's Mpumalanga province and begins on July 19 and culminates with the final on August 3.
The tournament previously known as the COSAFA Castle Cup, bankrolled by the South African Breweries has moved away from its previous knockout format.
It is still not known who the official sponsors are following the South African Breweries sponsorship termination in 2007.