08 Sep 2017 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) The fourth edition of the Under-17 Skorpion Zinc football tournament was launched at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Technical Centre Thursday evening.
The tournament was launched by Mines and Energy Minister Obeth Kandjoze who said football plays a vital role in developing lifelong skills which will shape young Namibians into responsible citizens.
Kandjoze called on the players to represent their respective regions with pride and also urged them to display their God-given talent to the world.
Skorpion Zinc has been consistent in their commitment to support junior football in the country. I urge you to apply discipline not only in sports but also in your daily interactions with each other, and in education, he said.
Speaking at the same event, NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro said football is a nation builder, and a tournament of this nature brings together young boys from all over the country, who can then go on and become friends for life.
NFA President Frans Mbidi thanked Skorpion Zinc for their commitment and called on the participants to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors.
In 2016, Namibia was crowned COSAFA [Council of Southern Africa Football Associations] Under-17 champions. The same team was last week crowned champions in the recently concluded Confederation of School Sports Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Ball Games in Lesotho. The team was selected from the 2015 tournament. We want the next generation to do better than that, Mbidi said.
Current Under-17 National team captain, Elderly Kaptein Morgan relived some of the magic moments of the tournament which was last held in Tsumeb in 2015.
I got selected for the national team while representing Khomas in Tsumeb. I have gone on to win two gold medals (Cosafa and Cossasa) and a bronze medal (at the four nations tournament in Swakopmund featuring Ghana, South Africa and Westphalia from Germany) at such a tender age, he added.
Morgan further stated that he has travelled to various African and European countries while representing Namibia because he performed well in the tournament in 2015.
He therefore called on this years participants to enjoy themselves and give it their best if they ever wish to represent Namibia on international level.
Skorpion Zink signed a two year contract extension with the NFA, after the previous contract ended in 2015.
The 2017 edition kicks off on Friday and finishes on Sunday, with two time winners Omusati coming in as defending champions.