Zambezi ready for Skorpion Zinc Cup battle

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With five days to go before the start of the 2017 Skorpion Zinc Under 17 Cup in Windhoek, Zambezi Region is well prepared and planning to go all the way for their first ever youth football triumph.

Scheduled to have their first match against Oshana region on Friday, September 8 at the NFA technical centre, Zambezi Region coach Simanga Simanga feels assured they will walk away the champions of the Scorpion Zinc Cup this year.

Simanga who has been coaching the under 17 team for more than two years, says judging from previous years the only crucial point they need to focus on is confidence , and the rest he will leave up to the players to talk on the pitch.

He admits that there are no underdogs in his group, therefore they will not undermine any region. Seeing that Hardap region and Kavango West are both good on the ball means they will have to be well prepared as they will be under constant pressure, he added.

Simanga further acknowledged that Oshana’s Kuse football academy might work to the region’s advantage and asked what it would mean to win the fourth edition of the youth tournament, Simanga believes it would be great encouragement for the younger boys, as it will aid in raising their spirits and pushing them to work hard, while also giving them hope of making it into the national team.

“They need to know that they are part and parcel of people who can make a mark”,Simanga said.

He sees it crucial that his team stands together and fights together, saying if the players can understand the importance of uniting when on the pitch and playing as a unit instead of individually, then Zambezi will surely achieve the cup.

Zambezi will compete in Group C, alongside Kavango West, Oshana and Hardap region, while group A will see Otjozondjupa, Omusati, Omaheke, Kunene and Karas clash, leaving Group B with Ohangwena, Kavango East, Oshikoto, Erongo and Khomas.