16 Aug 2017 06:30am
WINDHOEK, 16 AUG (NAMPA) The Kavango East Region has postponed the trials in which a regional team was to be recruited to compete in the 2017 Skorpion Zinc Under-17 Cup.
The trials, which were supposed to be held at the Rundu Sports Stadium on 19 and 20 August, have been postponed to 26 and 27 August.
Kavango East regional team manager, Alfeus Shipanga told Nampa on Tuesday the postponement is due to high school examinations that are still to be finalised on Friday.
He said transport challenges also contributed to the postponement, as it was short notice for the selected boys who have to be transported from the Mukwe and Ndiyona constituencies for the final trials.
The trials will consist of 30 players from which a final of 20 players will be selected for the championship.
The fourth edition of the tournament was re-launched at Soccer House in Windhoek last month after it took a one-year sabbatical.
The mining company and the Namibia Football Association this year signed a N.dollars 1.4 million once-off contract, which ends at the completion of this years tournament but will be renegotiated and possibly renewed for 2018.
The tournament will take place in Windhoek over the weekend of 09 September and will see 14 regional U-17 football teams vie for top honours.
The group stages for the 2017 Skorpion Zinc U-17 Cup are:
Group A: Omusati, Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Kunene and //Kharas
Group B: Ohangwena, Khomas, Oshikoto, Erongo and Kavango East
Group C: Kavango West, Zambezi, Oshana and Hardap
Group winners will automatically qualify for the semi-finals, while the runners-up in Group A and B, which have five teams each will face each other to determine the fourth semi-finalists.
Khomas won the maiden edition in 2013 and Omusati in 2014 and 2015.