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Skorpion Zinc U/17 championship cup set for August

by Rodney Pienaar

 The Under 17 Skorpion Zinc championship will be played between the 24th  and 27th of August, Skorpion Zinc Namibia and the Namibia Footfall Association (NFA) have announced.

The championship is expected to attract more spectators this time around, NFA secretary general, Barry Rukoro has said.

“The Championship brings together the best of regional U/17, where each region vies to walk away victorious and it gives a platform for teenagers to be seen and be scouted for the national team and club football, and that is why they play the game in the first place. So this partnership is fundamental to our football heroes’ development and it shall continue to be very close to all involved,” Rukoro explains.

He added that in 2017 Omusati Region won in the Skorpion Zinc U/17 cup titles as they defeated Erongo in the finals at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and Khomas Region was the inaugural winner in 2013.

A goal each from Timotheus Petrus and Shiimi Matheus ensured a 4-2 victory for Omusati over Erongo in the final of the 2017 Scorpion Zinc U/17 Cup while Kavango West took third place ahead of Kavango East.

Erongo’ s Prince Tjiueza won the player of the tournament award; Omusati’s Aron Nghitengeluwa was goalkeeper of the tournament, and teammate Elia Willem was the top goal scorer with eight goals from the 98 scored during the three-day tournament.

Kavango East was awarded the fair play award. Petrus Amutenya was voted the official of the tournament.

NFA and Skorpion Zinc first launched the competition in 2013 for three years and after which they were inactive in2016, and picked up in 2017.

Skorpion Zinc then unveiled the N$1.4 million competition to be played every year from then on.