Kavango East has selected the best players to represent their region during the 8-10 September Skorpion Zinc under-17 championship in Windhoek and plans of taking the Cup back to Rundu.
The manager of Kavango East’s under-17 team Alfeus Shipanga, states they have upped their game and are working towards taking the cup home. In preparation, they have played friendly games with teams such as Kalimba Academy, whom they beat 1-0, after a goal from Hoeseb Khomtatite.
Due to exams, the teams will only be holding friendlies during weekends and are looking forward to taking on bigger teams such as Rundu Chiefs and Julinho Sporting F.C.
Shipanga reveals that even though he has confidence in the competency of his team, he accepts that Group B opponents Khomas and Erongo pose a threat to his region, mainly due to experience and exposure.
“Khomas and Erongo have under 17 leagues, which our region unfortunately does not have. This is a great challenge, but we are preparing and will be ready for them “Shipanga says.
Khomas were the inaugural edition winners of the cup in 2013, after beating Erongo region 2-1 in the finals. This makes both teams forces to be reckoned with.
Players to look out in the Kavango East team are Hoeseb Khomtatite, Shamwaka Johannes as well as goalkeeper Muronga John, who can be expected to perform well during the championships.
“We are ready to come compete and conquer. We want to take the cup back home” a resolute Shipanga declares.
Kavango East are in Group B, where they will be facing Ohangwena, Khomas, Oshikoto and Erongo Regions. Group B winner will face the best runner up from Group A and B. In Group C, Hardap, Oshana, Kavango West and Hardap will battle for a semi-final date with group A winners. Omusati, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Kunene and Karas are in Group A.
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