The return of Skorpion Zinc U/17 Cup was on Tuesday morning unveiled at Football House with N$1.4 Million for 2017 and the competition to be played every year, bringing together the best of regional football under-17s.
The 2017 Skorpion Zinc Under-17 Cup will be contested at the Sam Nujoma later this year, dates still to be confirmed, making a return of the competition that was last played in 2015.
At the event, NFA president Frans Mbidi expressed his gratitude towards Skorpion Zinc for their continued support for the game and said on behalf of the entire NFA, they vow to continue fighting for the best interest of those they represent.
“The Skorpion Zinc under 17 Championship is the first opportunity where our young players are properly introduced to association football and the only competition where their dreams to make it big in the football community, are made possible.”'
Vedanta Zinc international CEO Deshnee Naidoo explained the philosophy of Skorpion Zinc to be one that does not only centre around producing Zinc, but also invests in the education and nurturing of the youth, through sponsoring and supporting various activities that encourage and build.
“We never stopped supporting the under 17 championship, we took a break due to economic reasons” said Naidoo.
Speaking on behalf of Sport, Youth and national service Minister, Mr Sivhute Katamba specified that they are in full support, and encourage efforts to build and achieve a socially cohesive Namibia, through sport.
“The Skorpion Zinc U/17 championship is an opportune event for all participating teams to learn from each other and build lasting relations, through sharing of ideas and unity in participation, and because of this we urge them to take full advantage of this opportunity and use it to develop their skills, both on and off the field” he said.
Among the youth present at the launch was Baby Warriors’ Pitsi Ameb, who expressed his appreciation towards Skorpion Zinc for investing in the youth and giving them an opportunity to improve their skills and learn from other players.
The draw was also conducted and will see Omusati, Otjozondjupa, Omaheke and Kunene in Group A; Ohangwena, Khomas, Oshikoto, Erongo and Kavango East in in Group B; and Kavango West, Zambezi, Oshana and Hardap are in Group C.
Groups winners will proceed to the semi-finals, while Runner-ups in Group A and B will clash to determine the fourth team. Khomas were maiden edition champions in 2013 while Omusati won the last two edition in 2014 and 2015.