Youngsters pay homage to the Skorpion Zinc Cup

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Namibia’s Under-17 captain, Elderly Morgan was only the second Namibian captain to have won a COSAFA trophy after his team defeated favourites South Africa to lift the COSAFA Under-17 Championships trophy in 2016.

Elderly Morgan, a Grade 10 learner at Khomas High School in Windhoek started playing football at an early age but his debut tournament was the Skorpion Zinc u/17 Championship in 2015 which was held in Tsumeb.

“It was the first time I played in a big tournament, it was a bit scary but exciting at the same time. Unfortunately we lost at the semi-finals but I was able to show my skills and impress the NFA coaches. After the tournament I was selected into the Khomas Regional Team for the Namibian U/20 Newspaper Cup, but unfortunately could not participate in the competition since I was already selected for the U/17 Namibian National team which participated in the COSAFA U/17 Cup in South Africa during the same period”.

He adds that after winning the COSAFA Cup he was somehow famous.” I was on TV for the first time and it felt great, I felt like greater achievements were coming my way. I’m currently play for Windhoek United FC and it would not have been possible if I wasn’t given the platform by Skorpion Zinc and the NFA to show my talents”, Morgan says.

Sport Klub Windheok (SKW) winger George Hummel also sang his praises for Skorpion Zinc.

Hummel participated in major international tournaments after being discovered at the Skorpion Zinc Competition in 2014 which was held in Keetmanshoop. In 2015 he represented the country in the U/20 National Team at the Zone 6 games in Zimbabwe, the same year he also participated in the Future Champs Competition which was held in South Africa.

“The CAF Qualifiers games we played last year helped me gain experience and better understanding of the football game, it was a sad loss but I gained exposure “says the young man who wishes to follow in the footsteps of Jandjamuje Maharero who was also discovered at the First Edition of The Skorpion Zinc Cup and is currently playing in the USA.

“I ‘am currently in search of an academy in the States that will enable me to play football and focus on my dreams of becoming a Mechanical Engineering at the same time. Education is very important and we young people tend to forget that. You cannot play ball for the rest of your life. You grow old and you might get injured. Education is the key to success and we should never lose sight of that” Hummel explains.

The Skorpion Zinc Cup in 2015 contributed immensely to the scouting of players within all 14 regions of the country.

Avihe Mbaisa, the captain of the U/20 Khomas Regional Team led his team to 3rd place in the 2017 Edition of the U/20 Namibian Newspaper Cup.

“I participated in the last edition of the Skorpion Zinc Cup which got me great recognition. The same year I got signed by the U/17 Tura Magic Team. The greatest achievement came when I was given the honours to captain the U/20 Khomas Regional team which many might think is an easy task but it’s not easy at all. The captain is the backbone of any team.”

The 19 year old Mbaisa is currently upgrading his grade 12 results at the Yetu Yama NAMCOL centre in Katutura hopes that the Namibian Premier League will kick off soon and that young talent will not go unnoticed.