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Zambezi region hosts U-17 regional team trials

by Rodney Pienaar

Zambezi region hosted this past weekend the trials for the under 17 regional team that will take part in the Skorpion Zinc Cup from the 24th to 27th August.

Conducting trials was quite a challenge mainly because of academic affairs such as examinations which the learners are currently busy with, highlighting the tough task of juggling school and sports, the teams head coach, Muchaka Muchaka said.

“We do not want to exclude those from rural schools when they can proudly represent their region. We try by all means to visit even areas far from Katima Mulilo. I understand that in our match against Hardap last year, we were leading, but the match ended in a 2-2 draw because we failed to defend” he said.

He added that he is aware that they can create chances, but do not have natural finishers.

Muchaka also said that the absence of a youth league or even academies in their region, hinders the growth of football in the region and such tournaments mean a lot to their youth as they expose them to the football world and give them an opportunity to exhibit their talent.

“Goals can win us games however, it is defence that will win us titles,” Muchaka said.

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.