28 Jul 2014 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUL (NAMPA) The Invincible Football Club (FC)s players are living up to their name after winning the Khomas Youth League for the fourth consecutive time this past Saturday.
They beat a resilient Tura Magic Academy team in a nail-biting under-19 (U-19) final, which went into a penalty shoot-out at the John ya-Otto Stadium in the Wanaheda residential area.
The two teams drew two-all during regular time, and Invincible eventually won on penalties.
The Khomas Youth League is a developmental league played by U-9, U-11, U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19 footballers from Windhoek-based football development academies, first and second division football clubs as well as Premier League football teams.
The final game of the league was attended by a small but enthusiastic crowd, which included the Namibia Football Association (NFA)s Education Officer Timothy Tjongarero and Khomas Youth League chairperson Mathew Haikali.
The two teams went into the match with determination to come out tops.
Invincible scored first in just two minutes of the match a scoreline which remained until the end of the first half.
Tura Magic started the second half all guns blazing, which saw them equalising soon afterwards and taking the lead in the 60th minute of the match.
Invincible sensed the trophy slipping away from their grasp, and got into top gear and scored the equaliser in the dying minutes of the game.
No extra time was played.
Invincible converted all their penalties to lift the U-19 trophy for the fourth time in a row.
In another match for third and fourth positions played earlier in the day, Football for Hope overcame Challengers by 3-1 to claim third place.
Nelly Wan-lee Mwazi took the Top Goal Scorer trophy with 12 goals in the league.
Invincible received a floating trophy, gold medals and balls sponsored by OTB Sport; the Tura Magic Academy received silver medals; and Football for Hope took bronze medals.
Khomas Under-19 League chairperson Cynthia Blazer told Nampa after the games that the league went well this year, but it needs improvement in various aspects.
If we continue running the league next season, all teams will need to come to the table because right now there are teams which come to games without players cards, and some players come to the games drunk.
This is just an U-19 tournament. How can you have a player in the team who is physically not into the game? she questioned.
Blazer added that next season, the league will thus address all these small problems, which teams and players need to know before coming to the games.
Their main concentration will also be to source sponsor/s for the league.
We do not have sponsors for this league, and it will really be nice if we have people to help us financially. We also want to monitor the progress of these players when they leave the U-19 league.
Do they stop playing football, or do they continue at bigger clubs? You can only find out if you have enough resources, stated Blazer.
The 2015 league will commence in February next year.