Skorpion Zinc U17 Cup Draws Closer

Preparations are underway for the successful hosting of the Skorpion Zinc U17 Cup which takes place from 22-25 August 2014 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek as regional U17 boys teams vie for recognition and top honours.

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the premier sponsors of the teen tournament, Skorpion Zinc Mine are set to host the second edition of the developmental tournament, this time in Namibia’s capital, after the success of the inaugural edition held in Keetmanshoop last year.

According to Barry Rukoro, Secretary General of the NFA, regional football administrations are hard at work with preparations of their teams for the competition as the defending champions, the Khomas region, are set to face a stern challenge for the trophy.

“I have received information from the other regions that they are coming to Windhoek, to make sure they spoil the party for Khomas. Khomas are the defending champions and they will be at home in August and will be favourites again, but I foresee a great challenge from the other regions,” Rukoro states.

Rukoro called on Namibians to make sure they fill the Sam Nujoma Stadium during that weekend to ensure that the boys perform at their best.

“I believe the atmosphere that we witnessed at the Namibian Newspaper Cup competition is due to the attendance and that really brings the best out of the boys. I have no doubt that our football friendly Sam Nujoma Stadium will produce that and more for a memorable experience for all. Come in numbers to cheer you regional boys on”, he said.

Khomas are defending champions after they beat Erongo 2-1 in the final at Keetmanshoop with Dino Roman Engelbrecht and Jandjamuje Maharero scoring for Khomas and Amaru van Neel finding the net for Erongo.

Oshikoto region finished third after beating Oshana region 2-1. Otjozondjupa region won the fair play award, while the Moment of Brilliance award went to Pandeni Kandjabanga of the Oshana region.

Oshikoto striker Josef Utoni scored 11 goals in six games to win the Golden Shoe award, while Khomas’ Jandjamuje Maharero was voted the Player of the Tournament and Khomas goalkeeper Benni Ochurub was voted Goalkeeper of the Tournament.

Last March, the NFA and mining giant Skorpion Zinc announced a sponsorship deal worth N$1.3 million for a period of three years.

Source : The Namibian