Skorpion Zinc investment pays dividends- Mbidi
The Baby Warriors triumph in Mauritius at the 2017 Cosafa U/17 Championships on Sunday is attributed to Skorpion Zinc’s support and more resources are need to ensure the gradual improvement of the boys into Brave Warriors in years to come.
Namibia under-17 side beat South Africa 3-1 on penalties after a one-all draw in regulation time to bring the first ever success at junior level to Namibian football, replicating what the seniors did last year in South Africa at the regional tournament.
NFA President Frans Mbidi sings praises to the investments made into youth football by government and other partners especially Skorpion Zinc.
“When Skorpion Zinc came on board about four years ago and we had the first edition in Keetmanshoop and then Windhoek and Tsumeb last year the idea was always to make sure that we identified players that can make us proud. It is a fact that Namibia is packed with talented youngsters who only need platforms to display their talents and that is what this partnership was about” says Mbidi.
“About 90 percent of these champions were identified in Tsumeb last year and we kept them together and here they are. Some never believed in them but they believed in themselves and have now made themselves heroes and the nation proud. It is something that can only be replicated and improved upon and they have laid the foundation. Now they can go on and become better and better”, states Mbidi.
2016 Cosafa Under-17 Champions second top goal-scorer Mbakondja Tjahikika featured for Erongo Region last year at Tsumeb. Tjahikika scored four goals while team captain Dawid Morgan JR scored three goals and played for Khomas region last year.
Namibia’s under-20 that competed in the 2017 CAF AFCON qualifiers recently and lost to South Africa in the second round of the qualifiers also had its core from the 2013 Skorpion Zinc Cup held at Keetmanshoop with the likes of Captain Pandeni Kandjabanga, defender Baloyi Tsandib and US-export Jandjamuje Maharero.
The team returns tomorrow afternoon and a meet and greet session is on the cards organized for Wednesday morning, 10h00 at Football House in Katutura.
The Baby Warriors who went and conquered in Mauritius: Philipus Josef (Otjozondjupa), Godwin Awaseb (Erongo) , Johannes Hollombach (Hardap), Lubeni Haukongo (Erongo), Immanuel Isaya (Kavango), Dawid Morgan JR (Khomas), Helmuth Namaseb (Erongo), Stanley Ndjavera (Khomas), Mbakondja Tjahikika (Erongo), Vaino Uugwanga (Khomas), Giovanni Narib (Otjozondjupa), Pitsi Amseb (Khomas), Alex Kaongelwa (Erongo), Mathias Shipanga (Khomas), Richard Larksman(Khomas), Giovani Kaninab ( Kunene), Stevano Dundee (Khomas), Denzil Narib (Khomas), Junior Petrus (Oshana) and Megameno Kapuku (Oshana).