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Grootfontein to host Skorpion Zinc under-17 Cup

by Rodney Pienaar

Preparations are underway for the fifth edition of the teens' football tournament, the 2018 Skorpion Zinc under-17 Cup set to take place in Grootfontein from 24th-27th of August 2018.

It will be a great economic boost for the town of Grootfontein and will see SME’s as well as bigger business entities benefit through business deals and investments from various people visiting the town during the tournament, vice chairman of Namibia Football Association in Otjozondjupa, Rudolph Hipona said.

“A technical team has been appointed this past weekend, with Mark Mucke and Victor Shaandjuka as the two coaches, Maradona Tsaoseb as the Technical Director, and Jantze Gerson Uwiteb as the Head of Delegation to ensure the regional team is ready as well. The region did not do well in this tournament, overall; we are always sent packing in the quarters. I am confident that the team will reach the finale this year and finally lift the cup as the winners for the first time,” he said.

He added that inspection of the Omulunga Stadium plus accommodation facilities is scheduled to take place this week.

The Skorpion Zinc Mine, in collaboration with NFA inaugurated the Cup in 2013 and hosted it in //Karas Region, where Khomas claimed championship.

It went on to be hosted in Khomas region the following year, Oshikoto in 2015, and Khomas yet again in 2017, where Omusati retained the cup, consecutively. The tournament was not organized in 2016, the year Baby Warriors won the Cosafa U/17 Cup in Mauritius.

Otjozondjupa have been drawn in Group A, with Kavango East, Hardap, Oshana and Kunene. Group B has Kavango West, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omaheke and Erongo, while Group C has //Karas, Omusati, Khomas and Zambezi.