08 Sep 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) The fourth edition of the Under-17 (U17) Skorpion Zinc football tournament started well according to the president of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Frans Mbidi.
Speaking exclusively to Nampa at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday after the game between Ohangwena and Oshikoto, Mbidi said he was impressed with the organisation of the whole tournament.
I am excited about the organisation and intentions by the sponsors who have granted the youth an opportunity to display their God-given talents. This tournament will go a long way in developing this talent, he said.
He was however critical of the standard of football displayed by the teams, saying a lot still needs to be learned by the young players.
Mbidi speculated that teams struggled with preparations, which resulted in the weak display.
There is a slight difference in the display from the previous years from what I have I seen now. I am hoping that this improves as the tournament progresses, he added.
The NFA president promised to invest in the education of coaches, match officials and administrators.
In the matches played by lunch time on the opening day, 11 goals were scored.
Omaheke lost to Kunene by a single goal to nil, while Otjozondjupa and Omusati played to a one all draw.
Ohangwena and Oshikoto drew two-all, while the Kavango East and Erongo clash produced the same result.
Nine more matches are still to be played at the NFA Technical Centre and Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The 2017 edition finishes on Sunday, with two-time winners Omusati coming in as defending champions.