Zinc mining giants Skorpion Zinc Namibia and the Namibia Footfall Association (NFA) announced the organisation of this year’s Skorpion Zinc U/17 Football Championship slated to be played between the August.
Making the announcement, FIFA Normalisation Committee Chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo emphasised the importance of the competition that started way back in 2013 in the //Karas Region.
“Skorpion Zinc mines for resources and to add value and change lives of the Namibian community, at the NFA we mine talent and better the lives of hundreds of young players. We must develop talent and resources so that Namibia can be a country developed by its own people and that’s the vision of the government as articulated in the Vision 2030 statement”, said Basson-Namundjebo.
She thanked Skorpion Zinc for their help in developing the Namibian Child referring to Namibian based Player who plays in France, Lubeni Haukongo, who played his first competitive football games at the 2015 Skorpion Zinc U/17 Cup held in the Omusati Region and later was part of the U/17 National Team that lifted the 2016 COSAFA Championship title in South Africa.
The championship brings together the best of regional U/17 footballers, where each region vies to walk away victorious and gives an ideal platform for the teenagers to be seen and scouted for national team selection and club football.
Minister of Mines and Energy Tom Alweendo stated that they are in full support and encourage efforts to build and achieve a socially cohesive Namibia, through sport and other extracurricular activities.
“Sports can inspire and elevate the Namibian youth .The Skorpion Zinc U/17 championship is an opportunity for all participating teams to learn from each other and build lasting relations through sharing of ideas and unity in participation and because of this we at the Ministry of Mines and Energy urge them to take full advantage of this opportunity and use it to develop their skills, both on and off the field. ” he said.
Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Manager at Skorpion Zinc Nora Ndopu didn’t shy away from thanking Brave Warriors Head Coach Ricardo Mannetti, former U/17 coach Timothy Tjongarero and Jakes Amaning.
“They have been here since the very beginning. We know it is not an easy job, they have helped immensely in developing this players, not only at the U/17 level but at all stages of football”, said Ndopu.
She also placed great emphasis on the importance of investing in the young ones.
“Not every youth can be employed in the mines or the banks, that’s why we at Skorpion Zinc invest in Sports, because we believe that Football can be a solid career and it’s been six years down the line and we still believe in that. We want to see our players in the national teams and in the Premier Leagues”, Ndopu added.
The draw was also conducted and will see Kunene, Erongo, Zambezi , Otjozondjupa and Khomas in Group A; //Karas, Oshana, Omaheke, Hardap and Kavango East in in Group B; and Kavango West, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto are in Group C.