Grootfontein ready for 2018 Skorpion Zinc U17 Cup

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It’s all systems go for the 2018 Skorpion Zinc U/17 Cup set for Omulunga Stadium, Grootfontein this long weekend as 14 regional under-17 sides battle it out for supremacy in the fifth edition of the developmental teens tournament.

With all the roads leading to Grootfontein to support the best young takent in the land, Organisers of the 2018 Skorpion Zinc under 17 Cup affirms that all is ready to roll as Omusati Region aims to make it four out of five against 13 other pretenders as action starts Friday, 24 August 2018 at the Omulunga Stadium.

Barry Rukoro, Secretary General of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) states that the facilities are in good order and the teams have prepared well for the championship.

“The regional teams have done their part in terms of preparations and the facilities are also in good conditions to welcome the players and the supporters. Its will a first for us going to Grootfontein for a national competition of this magnitude and we are confident all will turn out well this weekend. The support from the regional to local political leadership is commendable and we all looking forward to an exciting Skorpion Zinc U17 Cup”, Rukoro states.

Nora Ndopu, Corporate Affairs Manager at Skorpion Zinc who reiterates the zinc-mining giant’s support to the development of local football, echoes Rukoro’ s zeal.

“The relationship with the NFA has been a fruitful one over the past years and we are looking forward to this next edition. We know how crucial development is and we could have not been better placed with this competition. Our commitment to this competition is very profound and driven by the passion of all, from the players to the national team selectors and the supporters”, Ndopu says.

Khomas Region won the inaugural Skorpion Zinc under 17 Cup in 2013 at Keetmanshoop, while in 2014, 2015 and in 2017, Omusati Region made it three out of four. In 2016, the competition was not held.

Skorpion Zinc has again invested N$ 1.4 Million into the competition and also offers the incentive of two players who will be identified by the NFA and travel to India to join the Vendetta’s SESA Footfall Academy that also offers the youngers an opportunity to study.

For this year’s edition, former Brave Warriors midfielder and Mayor of Okahandja Congo Hindjou is the Competition Ambassador and led the trophy tour that started at Rosh Pinah last week and also toured Keetmanshoop.

Action will start on Friday, 24 August at 09h00 at the Omulunga stadium with the Hardap taking on Oshana, followed by Otjozondjupa against Kavango East and then Ohangwena versus Omaheke. Altogether, nine matches each will take place on Friday and Saturday with eight reserved for Sunday and four for Monday.

Host Otjozondjupa are drawn in Group A, with Kavango East, Hardap and Kunene. Group B has Kavango West, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omaheke and Erongo, while group C has //Karas, Omusati, Khomas and Zambezi.

In the semi-finals to be played on Monday, 27 August, Group A winners will take on Group C winners, while Group B winners will take on the runner-up from Group A/B.