Skorpion Zinc Under-17Cup to kick off tomorrow

The prestigious Skorpion Zinc Under-17 Cup is expected to kick off tomorrow at Grootfontien, Omulunga Stadium at 09H00 in the morning.

Teams are expected to battle it out for in the fifth edition of the teens' development tournament.

Hardap region will be taking on Oshana followed by Otjozondjupa against Kavango East and then Ohangwena versus Omaheke in the first games of the tournament and altogether nine matches will take place on Friday and Saturday while eight are reserved for Sunday and four for Monday.

Barry Rukoro, Secretary General of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) said that the facilities are in good order and the teams have prepared well for the championship.

“The regional teams have done their part in terms of preparations and the facilities are also in good condition to welcome the players and the supporters. It will be a first for us going to Grootfontein for a national competition of this magnitude and we are confident all will turn out well this weekend. The support from the regional to local political leadership is commendable and we are looking forward to an exciting Skorpion Zinc U17 Cup”, Rukoro said.

Corporate affairs manager, Nora Ndopu, of Skorpion Zinc mine said the relationship with the NFA has been a fruitful one over the past years.

"We are looking forward to this next edition. We know how crucial development is and we could not have been better placed with this competition. Our commitment to this competition is very profound and driven by the passion of all, from the players to the national team selectors and the supporters”, she said.

Khomas Region won the inaugural Skorpion Zinc under 17 Cup in 2013 at Keetmanshoop, while in 2014, 2015 and in 2017, Omusati Region made it three out of four. In 2016, the competition was not held.

Skorpion Zinc has again invested N$1.4 million into the competition and also offers incentives to players who will be identified by the NFA. They will travel to India to join the Vendetta’s SESA Football Academy that will also offers the youngsters an opportunity to study.

For this year’s edition, former Brave Warriors midfielder and Mayor of Okahandja, Congo Hindjou is the tournament Ambassador and led the trophy tour that started at Rosh Pinah last week and also toured Keetmanshoop.

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

In the semi-finals to be played on Monday, Group A winners will take on Group C winners, while Group B winners will take on the runner-up from Group A and B respectively.