Khomas wins 2019 Skorpion Zinc Under-17 tournament

Khomas Region won the 2019 Skorpion Zinc under 17 tournament following a 3-0 victory over Omaheke at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Goals by Raymonzo Stern, Romeo Amon (first half) and FilippoMitcheletti saw the host region claim the title for only the second time in six years.

Stern put Khomas ahead in the 1th minute before Amon's free kick squeezed through the goalkeeper's hands to make it 2-0 at halftime.

Mitcheletti then lobbed over MuhupaHoveka in the 62nd minute to seal a fantastic victory for Khomas.

Omaheke failed to find their rhythm and suffered a red card when captainUsielUanuapiKandorozu was shown a second yellow card for rough play, early in the second half to leave his team with 10 man.

Omaheke's substitute Aiden-Lee Tjazerua tested Sven Gunzel from a set piece, but the Khomas goalie stood tall and tipped the ball over for a corner kick.

Khomas' Zander McClune has two late chances to inflict further damage to Omaheke but twice shot weakly and directly to Hoveka, leaving the scoreline at 3-0 in the final whistle.

Speaking to the media after the tournament EwaldtKavirombo paid tribute to his team saying they played well throughout the tournament and reaching the final was a big achievement.

We only had two weeks to prepare for this tournament. The boys did well and I could not ask for more. Congratulations to Khomas for winning this year's title, he said.

His opposite number James Britz said the active HopSol junior league and the Khomas Youth League had helped the Khomas region during the tournament.

These boys play week in and week out in the various youth league within the region. Khomas is benefiting from those leagues activeness. All the regions must establish organised youth leagues so as to produce quality players, he explained.

He added that he had seen so much talent amongst the players from different regions hence his call for organised youth football.

For the individual prizes, AmonMulukeni from Ohangwena was named Best Match Official of the tournament, while Zambezi region won the fair lay award.

Alberto De Sousa from Oshikoto region was named top goal scorer with six goals while Gunzel pick up the goalkeeper of the tournament award.

Zander McClune was named player of the tournament.

The two losing semi-finalist were each given N.dollars 8000, while the losing finalist, Omaheke, got N.dollars 15 000 and silver medals.

Khomas walked away with N.dollars 25 000, plus gold medals and a floating trophy.

Source: Namibia Press Agency