24 Aug 2014 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 AUG (NAMPA) The Khomas Regions Under-17 football team thrashed the Omaheke Region 5-1 in the opening match of the Skorpion Zinc U-17 Cup played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday.
This is the second time the U-17 football tournament is being hosted, with the first edition held at Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region last year.
It is hosted by the Skorpion Zinc Mine in collaboration with the Namibia Football Association (NFA).
The tournament involves 14 regional U-17 football teams vying for recognition and top honours.
Khomas are the host region this year after winning the inaugural tournament.
In the opening match, Khomas scored five goals through centre forward Leonard Tuhageni who scored four goals; while Palipawa Iita came off the bench to add salt to Omaheke's wounds with a fifth goal.
Augustinus Hobexab of Omahekes goal in the second half was too little as it did not help to add momentum to his region's players to help them claw their way back into the game.
Meanwhile, the second match saw //Karas beat the Kunene Region 5-1.
In other matches, the Hardap and Oshana Regions played to a three-all draw, while Kavango beat their north-eastern neighbours Zambezi 1-0. Oshikoto lost 0-2 to Erongo.
Omusati Region overcame their northern neighbours Ohangwena 3-0 in a match which saw goalkeeper Silvester Kapweya emerging as Man of the Match.
Hardap defeat pre-tournament favourite Otjozondjupa 1-0.
In the last encounter on Saturday, Khomas won their second game 0-1 against Kavango with a last minute goal from Leonard Tuhageni, who scored his fifth goal of the day and walked away as Man of the Match.
Other players who were named Man of the Match in their respective matches were Oshana's Absalom Hatutale who scored a brace in the match against Hardap; Ulika Jeremia of Kavango; Vernon Kusch who displayed a five star performance in defence to help Hardap defeat Otjozondjupa; and the impressive Rivaldo Festus from Erongo.
Each player who was named Man of the Match received a pair of Puma football boots and a trophy.
The Skorpion Zinc Under-17 Cup ends on Monday.