Prokids win Khomas U-17 League

WINDHOEK; Prokids Football Club defeated Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) 2-0 on Saturday to be crowned champions of the 2014 Khomas Under-17 League.

The Khomas Youth League is a developmental league played by U-9, U-11, U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19 footballers from Windhoek-based football development academies, First and Second Division football clubs as well as Premier League football teams.

Fifteen teams participated in the U-17 League.

Prokids replicated their semi-final score over Ramblers on Saturday morning in the final, with their Yuani Beukes scoring his 18th goal of the season to give Prokids a 1-0 half-time lead.

SKW, who won the two previous editions of the league, threw everything they had to get back into the game.

However, Prokids’ James Gaseb increased his team’s lead to 2-0 in the second half.

In the third-place playoff match, Ramblers beat Jonas Chrissel Vries (JCV) 4-1 to take the bronze medal.

Donovan Kotze, Rowan Engelbrecht, Opics Goagoseb and Vaino Tjikundi scored for Ramblers, while Devone Stephanus, a brother of Black Africa’s Willy Stephanus, got the consolation goal for JCV.

Willy, who is also a senior national team winger, was voted Player and Players’ Player of the 2013/14 MTC Premiership season recently.

Home of Good Hope FC were awarded the Most Disciplined Team Award by the League Coordinator Cole Mungendje.

Mungendje congratulated Prokids, saying they were once again very clinical and tactically sound, and wished SKW good luck next time.

“This is a development tournament and one would really love to see these players move on to the U-19 League, and maybe get a chance to play second and first division football, and even in the premier league,” he said.

Meanwhile, Invincible won the U-19 League when it defeated Tura Magic on 26 July this year.

The U-9 and U-13 leagues are expected to conclude by October 2014.