The host region of the 2013 Scorpion Zinc under U 17 Cup, the Karas, reckons their team will be the toast of the region for years to come as they intent to win the youth football competition.
Kara’s region Chairperson Harry Jahs said, the his team has been hard at work mastering tactics over the past weeks.
The Scorpion Zinc Cup starts this Thursday (2 May) at the Keetmanshoop Stadium and ends on Sunday.
“The team is very representative of the region and they have been hard at work. Together with their coach Flugintius Witbooi, they spent the final week and a half ahead of the tournament at Rosh Pinah at the cost of the sponsors Scorpion Zinc and we are confident that this team can make up for the failures of our under-20 teams during the recent The Namibian newspaper Cup tournaments and still go on to shine bright in future under-20 competitions” stated Jahs.
Jahs said the Local Organising Committee has done everything possible to ensure a successful hosting of the first-ever under-17 championship and also praised the sponsors for getting on board.
“It is a history in so many ways and as a region, we are very pleased to have a big corporate company in our region to have realised the importance of youth football. All the logistics are in place and the inspection team was satisfied with the conditions and standards of facilities”, said Jahs.
The Ministry of Education has once again availed accommodation facilities to the football tournament.
“We are forever grateful to the Ministry of Education for their continued support of youth sports, especially football and we have the two hostels of J. A Nel and Suiderlig High Schools, great facilities and we could have not asked for any better”, added Jahs.
Karas takes on Erongo at 11h30 on Thursday, while the tournament gets underway at 09h00 as Khomas plays against Otjozondjupa region in Group A.
That will be followed by a Group B encounter between Oshana and Omusati at 10h15 and the opening ceremony.
Otjozondjupa, Khomas, Omaheke and Kunene Regions are in Group A; Omusati, Oshana, Hardap and Kavango Regions will compete in Group B. Group C has Erongo, Karas, Oshikoto, Caprivi and Ohangwena Regions with the winners of Group A and B to progress to the semi-finals where they will be joined by the winner and runner-up of Group C.