The recent Scorpion Zinc Cup produced yet another star in the making, with Welcome Nail emerging as one of Namibia’s future goalkeepers.
Nail stood guard for the Khomas regional team which eventually won the first edition of the competition after defeating Erongo 2-1 in the finals.
At the competition, a total of 31 goals were score, but out of those, Nail only conceded four.
For that feat and his magnificent display between the sticks, Nial was chosen the Best Overall Goalkeeper after leading his side to victory and got N$2 000 for his efforts.
The 16-year old player started football at a tender age, but became a goalkeeper after he first turned out as a midfielder.
He is a Grade 9 learner at Jan Mohr Secondary School in Windhoek.
He currently plays for Pro Kids Club in the NFA’s Khomas Under 17 League.
He told The Villager that his dream is to play for his beloved local club African Stars, while he also looks forward to play for the Brave Warriors.
He idolises Namibian goalkeepers such as Maximillian Mbaeva, Edward Maova and Virgil Vries.
After his brave performance at the competition in the south, Nail was then awarded with a call to the under 20 national team by Ricardo Mannetti, who was impressed with his performance.
He beams that he has what it takes to claim number jersey that is currently owned by Vries in the national team, but says he can only achieve that through hard work.
“I am a supporter of African Stars and my dream is to play for them one day. as I have the talent not only for Stars but also for the national team. I am working on my weakness which is to stop free-kicks. I have improved slightly in that and it is good motivation,” he said.
The shot-stopper says he is looking forward to next year’s The Namibian Newspaper Cup and hopes to be part of the Khomas team.
He said he dreams of becoming a pilot one day, but argues that he currently balances his books and the game of football well so far.
“We are six players selected from the Khomas team to be part of the junior national team, but we are not yet told when training starts. I did not play in this year’s Newspaper Cup because I was too young for it and my coach told me that I will play in the next tournament.
Nail has won various awards during his short playing career from medals to trophies and said he is hungry for more.
He gave praise to the organisers of the Scorpion Zinc tournament, saying such a tournament will help identify talents for the future.
“It was well organised. It also helps youngsters to follow in our footsteps,” said Nail.