Following the Debmarine Cup that rekindled the light of football in the country, young soccer players and enthusiasts can again look forward to the HopSol Youth League that kicks off today at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital. The launch of the league was held early this year promising to involve over 1000 young soccer lovers from Windhoek at the expense of N$1 million commitment from the coffers of solar energy private company HopSol Solar Power in partnership with the BKK Auas Sport Trust.
Organizers of the HopSol Youth Soccer league have expressed satisfaction with the entries received for this year’s league, stating that the number of athletes registered have exceeded their expectations.
Approximately, 1 012 boys from 20 schools and clubs will participate in the league. The first match will take place at 15h00 between the U/19 teams, Cosmos High School and Academia High School.
“It’s encouraging to note that the HopSol Youth Soccer League will create positive after hour school activities to reduce the possible abuse of drugs and alcohol by scheduling night leagues on Friday’s and Saturdays,” states Collin Benjamin, Co-founder of BKK Sports Trust.
Benjamin is also optimistic about this year’s league, citing the attraction of additional sponsors as an achievement that will further enhance the quality of the league games. The Lady Pohamba Private Hospital will host a 1st Aid Course for all participating school coaches and provide medical alert stand by for all league matches during the season. Absolute Logistics have also made an in-kind contribution, sponsoring referee kits, whilst Coke will provide refreshments for the opening games on Friday.
“We need to own youth football for it to develop. Technically, there is a lot of work that needs to be done and tactically, whether individually, group or at team tactical level, there is a lot of improvement that needs to be done as well,” adds Benjamin.
Sharing his personal experience as a former football player and coach, Benjamin also highlighted that personality development had not been given the attention it deserved, and stated that their role as league administrators would be to use sport to develop strong characters that are able to withstand some of the social pressures the youth face today such as drug and alcohol abuse,” Benjamin stated.
HopSol Youth Soccer league was created as a platform for young athletes to showcase their skills against the best players in their group. League fixtures and results can be viewed weekly by visiting www.hopsolsoccer.org The league will conclude on 28 October 2017.