Otjozondjupa set to host Skorpion Zinc Cup 2018


Preparations for the fifth edition of the teen’s football tournament, the 2018 Skorpion Zinc Under-17 Cup set to take place in Grootfontein as of the 24-27 of August 2018, are well underway, and the region looks forward to making history this year.

The Vice Chairman of Otjozondjupa, Rudolph Hipona express great pride in hosting the tournament, explaining that it will be a great economic boost for the town of Grootfontein, and will see SME’s as well as bigger business entities benefit, through business deals and investments from various people visiting the town during the tournament.

The Skorpion Zinc Mine, in Collaboration with Namibia Football Association (NFA), inaugurated the Cup in 2013, and hosted it in //Karas Region, where Khomas claimed championship. It went on to be hosted in Khomas region the following year, Oshikoto in 2015, and Khomas yet again in 2017, where Omusati retained the cup, consecutively. The tournament was not organized in 2016, the year Baby Warriors won the Cosafa U/17 Cup in Mauritius.

The 2018 class of the baby Warriors, also selected from the Skorpion Zinc U/17 Cup, will play Angola on Friday, 13h30 in the semifinals of this year’s championship in Mauritius. The Championship winners will qualify the 2019 CAF U/17 Africa Cup of Nations to be played in Tanzania.

Hipona states the Omulunga Stadium is expected to be ready in no time, and that the only matter of concern is the stadium stands, which he believes, might not be able to accommodate so many people.

Inspection of the Omulunga Stadium plus accommodation facilities, is scheduled to take place today 25 July 2018, between 10h30-13h00, as stated in a letter to the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Municipality of Grootfontein, from NFA Secretary General, Barry Rukoro.

“A technical team has been appointed this past weekend, with Mark Mucke and Victor Shaandjuka as the two coaches, Maradona Tsaoseb as the Technical Director, and Jantze Gerson Uwiteb as the Head of Delegation to ensure the regional team is ready as well”. Hipona confirms.

Commenting on the region’s performance throughout the existence of the tournament, Hipona said apart from 2014 where they managed to secure third place and an award, the region has not been performing well.

“The region did not do well in this tournament, overall; we are always sent packing in the quarters. I’ am confident that the team will reach the finale this year and finally lift the cup as the winners for the first time.” he says.

Otjozondjupa have been drawn in Group A, with Kavango East, Hardap, Otjozondjupa, Oshana and Kunene. Group B has Kavango West, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omaheke and Erongo, while group C has //Karas, Omusati, Khomas and Zambezi.