26 Aug 2019 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 AUG (NAMPA) Khomas Region won the 2019 Skorpion Zinc Under-17 tournament following a 3-0 victory over Omaheke at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Goals by Raymonzo Stern, Romeo Amon and Filippo Mitcheletti saw the host region claim the title for the second time in six years.
Stern put Khomas ahead in the first minute before Amons free kick squeezed through the goalkeepers hands to make it 2-0 at halftime.
Mitcheletti then lobbed over Muhupa Hoveka in the 62nd minute to seal a fantastic victory for Khomas.
Omaheke failed to find their rhythm and suffered a red card when captain Usiel Uanuapi Kandorozu was shown a second yellow card for rough play, early in the second half.
Omahekes substitute Aiden-Lee Tjazerua tested Sven Gunzel from a set piece, but the Khomas goalie stood tall and tipped the ball over for a corner kick.
Khomas Zander McClune had two late chances to inflict further damage to Omaheke but twice shot weakly and directly to Hoveka, leaving the scoreline at 3-0 in the final whistle.
Speaking to the media after the tournament coach Ewaldt Kavirombo of Omaheke Region paid tribute to his team saying they played well throughout the tournament and reaching the final was a big achievement.
We only had two weeks to prepare for this tournament. The boys did well and I could not ask for more. Congratulations to Khomas for winning this years title, he said.
His opposite number James Britz said the active HopSol junior league and the Khomas Youth League had helped the Khomas Region during the tournament.
These boys play week in and week out in the various youth leagues within the region. Khomas is benefiting from those leagues activeness. All the regions must establish organised youth leagues so as to produce quality players, he explained.
He added that he had seen so much talent amongst the players from different regions hence his call for organised youth football.
For the individual prizes, Amon Mulukeni from Ohangwena was named Best Match Official of the tournament, while Zambezi Region won the fair play award.
Alberto De Sousa from Oshikoto Region was named top goal scorer with six goals while Gunzel picked up the goalkeeper of the tournament award.
Zander McClune was named player of the tournament.
The two losing semi-finalists were each given N.dollars 8000, while the losing finalist, Omaheke, got N.dollars 15 000 and silver medals.
Khomas walked away with N.dollars 25 000, plus gold medals and a floating trophy.