One of the country’s leading mines, Skorpion Zinc, has pledged to spearhead the development of junior football in Namibia by throwing in a hefty N$1.3m package towards the Skorpion Zinc under 17 cup that will be held next month in Keetmanshoop.
In addition to bankrolling this year’s edition, the mining giants have also pledged to pour in N$1.3 million consecutively for the next three years for the same tournament.
The Skorpion Zinc mine is going to be held from 19-22 April and it is expected to unravel a plethora of raw football talent.
Speaking during the launch of the cup that also included the draw, the general manager of Skorpion Zinc, Satish Kumar, said that they were committed to sponsoring national building programmes.
“Soccer in Namibia is growing especially from the Under 17 level and sponsoring this cup marks a big milestone in the development of football in Namibia. This is in line with our constant commitment of continuing to support our communities. We have always supported major national building programmes and we will continue to do so as part of our corporate social responsibility initiatives,” said Kumar.
The tournament that will see all the thirteen regions being represented, has never received a sponsorship of this magnitude and it marks a major milestone.
“The tournament must provide a pool of talented players from which national team selectors must choose from. Full credit should go to the Namibia Football Association who approached us seeking sponsorship for the under 17 tournament and we did not hesitate to accept it. This is the under 17 cup has ever received such a sponsorship,” added Kumar.
Jerry Ekandjo, the Minister of Sports, advised all the professional clubs to attend the tournament and scout for talent.
“It is a very good opportunity for all the professional clubs to scout for talent and nurture it. I hope that all the clubs will travel to Keetmanshoop. As a ministry we are very much grateful to Skorpion Zinc for coming on board to sponsor this cup. The winners of this tournament must be given the opportunity to come to Parliament and shake hands with all the parliamentarians,” he pledged.