The story of the Skorpion Zinc Cup, the return

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The return of the much anticipated Skorpion Zinc Under- 17 Cup is upon us and on Friday, 08 September, they will be 14, then four, two and one region will be crowned champions of the competition on Sunday.

When Omaheke and Kunene go toe to toe in the opening game of the Skorpion Zinc Cup 2017 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, players and football fans alike, rooting for their respective regions will be keeping their eyes on the ball as three days of exhilarating football awaits. The best of teenage football yet again rocks Windhoek as the battle to be crowned champions and along the way learn some of life’s difficult lesson, humility, discipline and determination, takes shape.

Last time out, at Tsumeb in 2015, hotshot striker Seveleni Esindo netted the only goal of the match to propel the defending champions, Omusati Region, to victory over hosts Oshikoto, having won the competition in Windhoek a year earlier.

Khomas took third place for a second time in the row as they bested Kavango West, 4-0 with goals from Jay Jay Kordom, Dawid Morgan and a brace by Frans Beukes as a total of 70 goals were scored. Morgan is Captain- Fantastic of the Baby Warriors.

The man at the helm of Omusati regional double triumph Shipena Nakalondo says the boys are ready to struff their stuff and take the Cup back to Outapi.

“We have a new coach but I was also part of the selection team and we are very confident the boys will go all the way. We have a good feeling about” Nakalondo states.

At the Sam Nujoma Stadium in 2014, Omusati Region beat Hardap 2-1 through goals from Daniel Kemanya and Nataniel Nghifikwa, and the host Khomas took third place, as they beat Erongo, 4-1.

At the Keetmanshoop Sports Stadium in 2013 for the maiden edition, 100 goals were scored by the teenagers as Khomas midfielder Dino Roman Engelbrecht scored the winning goal in extra time for a 2-1 victory over Erongo in the final.

Oshikoto region finished third with goals from the Competition Top Goal scorer Josef Utoni and Eliaser Haimbodi in the first half enough to see off Oshana, 2-1.

From Oshana, Moment of Brilliance award winner Pandeni Kandjabanga was on fire and went to become the mainstay and captained the Young Warriors recently. Khomas’ Jandjamuje Maharero was voted the Player of the Tournament and plies his trade in the USA where he is studying as well.

Pick a venue, Sam Nujoma Stadium or NFA Technical Centre, support your region.
Will Omusati emerge victorious yet again at the venue named after one of their own or will someone else raise their hand up so high to hold the trophy aloft? Its’s free and its adrenaline –filled! Come see it all, the 2017 Skorpion Zinc under-17 Cup.