Zambezi aim to seize Skorpion Zinc U17 Cup


Zambezi’s U/17 technical team has successfully completed trials in their region, and are wrapping up with other preparations for a breath-taking display of football in the Skorpion Zinc Cup 2018 later this month.

The youth tournament that brings the best of regional talent, is slated to go down on the 24-27 august, at Omulunga Stadium, Grootfontein in Otjozondjupa Region.

Zambezi regional under 17 team Head Coach Muchaka Muchaka, said conducting trials was quite a challenge, mainly because of academic affairs such as examinations, which the learners are currently busy with, highlighting the tough task of juggling school and sports.

Muchaka moreover expressed the challenge of scouting for talent in areas out of Katima Mulilo, saying resources aren’t available, but that they have to work with the little that they have.

“We do not want to exclude those from rural schools, when they can proudly represent their region. We try by all means to visit even areas far from Katima Mulilo.”
On being drawn in the same group as the defending champions, Omusati Region, the coach confidently said they as a Region are not only preparing for Omusati but want to be ready for all the other regions in the same group, adding that among a lot of aspects to be corrected and perfected, he intends on putting much of his focus on defending and finishing.

“I understand that in our match against Hardap last year, we were leading, but the match ended in a 2-2 draw because we failed to defend”. He also alluded that he is aware that they can create chances, but do not have natural finishers.

Muchaka said the absence of a youth league or even academies in their region, hinder the growth of football in their region, but that such tournaments mean a lot to their youth as they expose them to the football world, and give them an opportunity to exhibit their talent.

“Goals can win us games however, it is defence that will win us titles.” Muchaka said, in his final remarks.

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.