Karas wins 2018 Talent Search Tourney

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Karas Region are the champions of the 2018 National Under 17 Girls Talent Identification Tournament played by 10 teams including clubs from Windhoek at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Technical Centre on Saturday.

Smalls Windstaan, Indira Jacobs and Lee-zen Rooi scored for Karas Schools Regional Team to guide them to a 3-1 win over Galz and Goals from Khomas Region. Diana Kock scored the consolation for the Galz.

Karas who had Keetmanshoop home girl and Namibia’s women football hero Zenatha Coleman as their number one supporter, were ruthless through the tournament and brushed aside Erongo in the semifinals 3-0 thanks to goals by Riwany Hendricks and Indira Jacobs and an Erongo own goal. Galz & Goals reached the final thanks to a hard fought 1-0 win over Otjozondjupa with Kock their savior.

The tournament, another brainchild of Women Football General Manager Jackey Shipanga brought other 10 team and they we divided into two groups of five teams each with the top two, following round-robin action, advancing to the semifinals. Each team had 8 players with an unlimited number of substitutes to give the girls enough time to run around and be scouted.

Amazing Kids Primary School, Galz & Goals Academy, Martti Ahtisaari Primary joined Karas region and Swallows Under 15 in Group A While Group B consisted of Namibia Primary School, Erongo Region, Otjozondjupa Region, St. George’s and St. Paul College.

The tournament was used to select players up for consideration for the National team that will represent Namibia at the upcoming Confederation of School Sport Association of Southern Africa (COSSASA) Ball Games in August which Namibia will host as well as give the girls national competition ahead of the UNICEF Under15 National Championships to be played in October.

The Tournament was financially supported by GIZ and made provision for health booths which were available
for voluntary HIV testing as well as several healthy life style tests to the community for free.