Heavyweights Cameroon and in-form Uganda will be the two guest nations in this year’s Cosafa Women’s Championship set for 12-22 September in South Africa.
The two will join 10 Cosafa sides in the ring headlined by reigning champions South Africa and reigning silver medalists Zimbabwe.
Also set to light up the tournament are reigning bronze medalists Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland.
All the 10 Cosafa sides suited up in last year’s edition, with Mauritius the only Cosafa nation from 2017 that will miss the 2018 showpiece.
Cameroon, runners-up in the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, will be marking their tournament debut.
So will Uganda, arriving against the backdrop of a stunning second-place finish in Cecafa Women’s Championship 2018.
Uganda will be the third East African nation to compete in the Southern African showdown after Tanzania (2011) and Kenya (2017).
Cosafa 2018 will also act as an apt fine-tuning platform for hosts South Africa, Zambia and Cameroon ahead of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON 2018).
The three are among eight nations that have qualified for AWCON 2018 to be held in Ghana in November.
The draw for the Cosafa showdown, featuring 12 teams for the second successive edition, will be held on Wednesday 29 August.
Top teams in each of the three groups and the best-placed runners-up will advance to the semi-finals.