Skorpion Zinc Cup kicks off in capital

The 2019 edition of the under 17 Skorpion Zink Tournament kicked off in Windhoek on Friday morning where 14 regions are participating until Monday 26 August.

Speaking at the opening ceremony at Sam Nujoma Stadium, Chairperson of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Normalisation Committee (NC) Hilda Basson-Namundjembo urged the players to make their dreams become a reality.

We are here to recognise the dreams that you have, to become great for yourselves, your family and your country. We are here to allow you to display the talent that God gave you. We as the NC are excited about the partnership that we have with Skorpin Zink, which is now to its sixth year, she said.

She added that football brings people together, hence it teaches the young ones team work.

The General Manger and Director of Skorpin Zink IrvinneSimataa said his institution hare supporting the under 17 tournament at a cost of N.dollars 1, 5 million annually and they hope to see the partnership continuing going forward.

We also support the Womens football and we are the official sponsors of the under 17 football teams that participates in various international tournaments. The class of 206 won the regional (Cosafa) tournament. We view this as a very good partnership, and we envisage that this is a marriage that will last for ever, he said.

He further committed that the tournament will continue next season as Skorpion Zink believes this is more than football.

There are some of you who find themselves on the pitch not only in terms of skills, some of you it is because of confidence and relationships that you build that will help you in the future. We are here to unearth talent in both the game itself and in leadership, he explained.

Minister of Sports Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni called on the parents and football lovers to come in numbers and support the tournament.

This event has proven its worth as a catalyst for talented young players to gin valuable experience on a national platform in preparation for international competitions, he said.

He noted that over the past six years, they have noticed young players gradual develop into key layers of the national team.

He noted that LubeniHaukongo who is currently based in France, played in this tournament with other players such as Donavan Kanjaa, Marcel Papama, ApprociousPetrus and Hubert Mingeri as some of the players who took part in the inaugural tournament.

This year's tournament is being held in the capital with Karas region being the defending champions after winning the tournament last year in Grootfontein.

Source: Namibia Press Agency