A brace from Willem Elia and a goal each from Timotheus Petrus and Shiimi Matheus ensured a 4-2 victory for Omusati over Erongo in the final of the 2017 Skorpion Zinc under-17 Cup at the Sam Nujoma stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The champions wasted no time as they got their first goal on two minutes through Timotheus Petrus and Erongo tried to get back into it through Steven Damaseb but his goal disallowed for offside. The Erongo boys finally got the qualifier through Dario Goraseb on 13 minutes to draw the game level.
Omusati Region then went on the offensive again and a moment of madness from an Erongo defender who handled the ball assuming the whistle had gone for offside lead to a penalty warded for Omusati. Up stepped Willem Elia who slotted home to make it 2-1 on 25 minutes and it was then 3-1 as Elia scored his second goal a minute later.
In the second half, Erongo brought on Leighton McCalty who needed only three minutes to reduce the deficit to 3-2 with a well taken goal.
Omusati then regained their composure and made it 4-2 on 55 minutes through Shiimi Matheus, a lead that they held on until the end. Erongo were missing their start man Prince Tjiueza who missed the game due to injury from the semifinal. Willem Elia from Omusati won the Man of the Match award.
Kavango West takes third place
In the battle for third place, Kavango West and Kavango east met at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and it was Kavango West that run riot as they scored four unanswered goals to take third place against their neigh ours. Pontanius Shikanga opened the scoring and that was followed by a strike by Victor Nependa. Alfons Newakka made it 3-0 and it was later 4-0 through Oskar Kambanzera. Kavango West Region’s player Petrus Kaveto won the man of the match accolade.
During the awards ceremony, Erongo’s Prince Tjiueza won the Player of the tournament award and Kavango East walked away with the Fair play award.
Omusati’ s Aron Nghitengeluwa won the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award teammate Elia Willem won the Top Goal scorer award with eight goals as 98 goals were scored during the three-days teens tournament. Petrus Amutenya walked away with the Man official of the Tournament Award.
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 Namibian Premier League has finally elected a new leadership, with Kauta and Paulino as Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively.
Mighty Gunners will take on Young African in the final of the 2017 Debmarine Namibia Cup, following their semi final wins against Tura Magic and Young Chiefs, respectively, over the weekend.
In other Caf decisions on Saturday, they announced that for now, Cameroon remain as hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, though the organising committee must organise for an audit firm to carry out an inspection mission of the country's infrastructure
The much anticipated Namibia Premier league (NPL) makes a return to our shores on Friday as African Stars and Orlando Pirates opens the 2017/18 season under the floodlights of the majestic Sam Nujoma Stadium at 20h00.