12 Jul 2019 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL (NAMPA) The sixth edition of the Skorpion Zink Under-17 tournament was officially launched in Windhoek on Friday.
The tournament, which will take place in Windhoek between 23 and 26 August, will see defending champions, the //Kharas Region, facing Hardap, Omaheke, Kavango East and Oshana Regions in group B.
In group A, hosts Khomas will go up against Erongo, Kunene, Zambezi and Otjozondjupa Region.
Group C is comprised of Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Omusati and Kavango West.
The top three teams and the best placed runner up will qualify for the semi-finals of the competition.
Speaking at the launch of the tournament, Nora Minsozi Ndopu Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Manager at Skorpion Zinc, said the company will spend N.dollars 1.4 million for this years tournament.
Six years down the line, you cannot help but appreciate the success of the under 17 championships. We have had about 1 700 direct beneficiaries and 3 000 allied beneficiaries, she said.
Ndopu said the sponsors holding company, Vedanta, has football academies in India, which are open for young Namibian footballers to develop their football and educational skills.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero, called on other companies to help develop sports at grassroots level, additionally calling for the training of sports psychologists who can work on the mental health of players.
In Egypt recently, I noticed that our players lacked the mental toughness when we needed it most. Sports psychologist are very important at that level, she said.
She added that in Morocco last year during the 2018 African Nations Championship, the Brave Warriors diet was comprising mainly of bread, meaning there is no sports dieticians in the country.
Mines and Energy Minister, Tom Alweendo, at the same occasion called on the players to play fair and learn from each other during the tournament so as to develop good values and maintain good health, adding that sport helps teach discipline, which in turn is a good value for nation building.