Under 17 Skorpion Zink launched

The sixth edition of the Skorpion Zink under 17 tournament was officially launched in Windhoek on Friday by the Minister of Mines and Energy Tom Alweendo.

The tournament which will take place in Windhoek on the weekend of 23-26 August will see defending champions Karas Region face Hardap, Omaheke, Kavango East and Oshana Regions in group B.

In group A, host region Khomas was drawn against Erongo, Kunene, Zambezi and Otjozondjupa Region.

Group C has Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Omusati and Kavango West battling it out for a sport in the semi-finals.

The top three teams and the best placed runner up will qualify for the next round.

Speaking at the launch of the tournament, which is taking place for the sixth consecutive time, Nora Minsozi Ndopu Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Manager at Skorpion Zinc said the company will spend N.dollars 1.4 million for this year's tournament.

Six years down the line, you cannot but appreciate the success of the under 17 championships. We have had about 1 700 direct beneficiaries and 3 000 alight beneficiaries, she said.

Ndopu said the sponsor's holding company Vedanta has football academies in India which are open for young Namibian footballers to develop their football and educational skills.

These invites were also recently extended to the Namibian women in football.

She paid tribute to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) saying they have not encountered any challenges with the organisation despite it (NFA) always being on the news.

She how ever did not explain whether the sponsorship would be renewed next year.

Meanwhile the deputy Minister of Youth, Sport and National Service called on other companies to help develop sports at grassroots level.

She also called for the training of sports psychologists who work on the mental health of Namibia players.

In Egypt recently, I noticed that our players lacked the mental toughness when we needed it most. Sports psychologist are very important at that level, she said.

She added that in Morocco last year during the 2018 African Nations Championship, the Brave Warriors diet was comprising mainly of bread, meaning there is no sports dieticians in the country.

Minister Alweendo called on the players to play fair and learn from each other during the tournament so as to develope good values and mantain good health.

He said sports helps teach discipline which inturn is a good value for nation building.

Source: Namibia Press Agency