2018 Skorpion Zinc Cup launched

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The 2018 Skorpion Zinc under 17 Cup was launched at Football House on Tuesday afternoon by Youth and Sports Minister Erastus Utoni as 14 regions prepare for the championship to be held at Grootfontein from 24 to 27 August 2018.

Welcoming the launch and draw to Windheok, Khomas Regional Governor,Madam Laura Mcloud-Katjirua said the Skorpion Zinc Under17 Cup is the breeding ground for local football talent as demonstrated over the years.

“The most notable success of this tournament for our country was in 2016 when Namibia won the COSAFA Under17 Cup in Mauritius, barely three years after this competition came into existence. For today, the Skorpion Zinc under 17 Cup mean more than just performance on the pitch. The competition brings together in the same quest for excellence, friendship and respect the people of our 14 regions, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion or political systems.

NFA First Vice President Frans Ngalangi stated that the sponsorship was unique “It provides youngsters with an opportunity to accelerate their football education and will give them an opportunity to develop lifelong relationships with the game”.

Ervine Simataa General Manager of Zinc mining giants revealed that N$ 1.4 Million would be used for the 2018 edition of the championship that would see regional under boys battle it out at Omulunga Stadium in August.

“Tournaments of this nature are very significant as sports does not only promote economic development and a healthy lifestyle, but is also catalyst for social cohesion. We know, the social ills of our communities and if this tournament can be a catalyst that can make our youngsters better citizens even if they do not become soccer starts, we know we will have achieved something”, Simataa said.
Skorpion Zinc also announced N$ 700 000 funding to women football development, following up on a commitment made by their Group CEO Deshnee Naidoo last year that they will support the girls’ game.

“This contribution for both the under17 cup and the women football will produced stars of note and we are proud to nurture talent outside the mining sphere of Skorpion Zinc”, said Simataa.

Youth and Sports Minister Erastus Utoni commended Skorpion Zinc for their commitment to sports development in Namibia.

“As a sponsor, you understand that sporting activities have major social, political a and economic significance in a contemporary society. We fully acknowledge your past contributions in sponsorships and thank you in anticipation of your future commitments”, Utoni said.

Omulunga stadium will host the games from 24-27 August and in Group A will be Kavango East, Hardap, Otjozondjupa, Oshana and Kunene; Group B comprises of Kavango West, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omaheke and Erongo and Group C is made up of Karas, Omusati, Khomas and Zambezi Regions.