Tjiueza hails Skorpion Zinc support

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Namibia’s Under-17 attacking midfielder, Prins Tjiueza was the first Namibian player to have won the title of the top goal scorer at the COSAFA Youth Championship held in Mauritius last month to help the Baby Warriors finish third at the finals.

Prins Tjiueza, a Grade 10 learner at Tutaleni High School in Swakopmund started kicking a football at a tender age of four (4) but his debut tournament was the Skorpion Zinc U/17 Cup in 2017 which was held in Windhoek where he came to the fore with his outstanding talent.

“Besides playing street football and school tournaments, I never participated in major competitions. Playing the Skorpion Zinc Cup last year was the first time I played in a professional tournament, it was nerve wrecking but exciting at the same time. Unfortunately, we lost at the final but I was able to show my skills and was awarded the Player of the tournament trophy. After the tournament I was selected into the Namibia’s National under 17 team and this year did well at Cosafa as well”, Tjiueza says.

Although his team was defeated by Angola 7- 0 at the 2018 Cosafa Under17 Championship semi-finals, the talented Tjiueza made a name for himself after scoring six (6) goals in five (5) games played and won the Golden Boot award and he cherish the experience. In the Third- place playoff match against host Mauritius, Tjiueza and teammate Penouua Kandjii led Namibia to a 2-1 win.

“I was on TV for the first time and it felt great, I feel like greater achievements are coming my way and I will continue to work hard and try to remain grounded and humble”, states Tjiueza.

He urged fellow youngsters to remain positive, to dream big and never stop working hard towards achieving their dreams. “Not every learner is book-smart and so when you have a God given talent, you work hard, you work 100 times harder and better to be recognised and fro you to make a living out of it. But of course education is key and once you retire from playing your favourite sport, you need to find a regular job and it will be tough to do you if you don’t push yourself academically as well”, warns Tjiueza.

The talented player who looks up to Brave Warriors striker Hendrick Somaeb, thanks Skorpion Zinc and the Namibia Football Association (NFA) for coming up with the Skorpion Zinc U17 Cup, a platform for teenagers to express themselves and be noticed.

“ I could have not played at Cosafa Under 17 cup this year had it not been for the generous support from Skorpion Zinc and the NFA to display my talents. I could have never met such wonderful teammates and coaches and for that I’m forever grateful”.