Friday 18 June 2021
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Otjozondjupa set to host Skorpion Zinc Cup 2018

Preparations for the fifth edition of the teen’s football tournament, the 2018 Skorpion Zinc Under-17 Cup set to take place in Grootfontein as of the 24-27 of August 2018, are well underway, and the region looks forward to making history this year.
The Vice Chairman of Otjozondjupa, Rudolph Hipona expressed great pride in hosting the tournament, explaining that it will be a great economic boost for the town of Grootfontein, and will see SME’s as well as bigger business entities benefit, through business deals and investments from various people visiting the town during the tournament.
The Skorpion Zinc Mine, in ollaboration with Namibia Football Association (NFA), inaugurated the Cup in 2013, and hosted it in //Karas Region where Khomas claimed championship. It went on to be hosted in Khomas region the following year, Oshikoto in 2015, and Khomas yet again in 2017, where Omusati retained the cup, consecutively. The tournament was not organized in 2016, the year Baby Warriors won the Cosafa U/17 Cup in Mauritius.
The 2018 class of the Baby Warriors, also selected from the Skorpion Zinc U/17 Cup, will play Angola on Friday, 13h30 in the semifinals of this year’s championship in Mauritius. The Championship winners will qualify the 2019 CAF U/17 Africa Cup of Nations to be played in Tanzania.
Hipona states the Omulunga Stadium is expected to be ready in no time and that the only matter of concern is the stadium stands, which he believes, might not be able to accommodate crowds.
Commenting on the region’s performance throughout the existence of the tournament, Hipona says apart from 2014 where they managed to secure third place and an award, the region has not been performing well.
“The region did not do well in this tournament, overall; we are always sent packing in the quarters. I’ am confident that the team will reach the finale this year and finally lift the cup as the winners for the first time.” he says.
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.

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