Friday 18 June 2021
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Skorpion Zinc Cup answers Namibia’s football dilemma- Isaacs

Member of the Namibia Football Association Secretariat, Tim Isaacs, says the Skorpion Zinc Cup is the future of Namibian football and symbolises a developmental approach to the sport in Namibia.
This, he said while applauding the efforts of the mining company towards developing the game at a time when football in the country has been associated with a lot of negativity.
Speaking to The Patriot ahead of the start of the 6th edition of the tournament on Friday, Isaacs thanked the support given by the mining company towards the sport and urged other corporations to take similar initiatives even towards other sports, as it will help “grow the nation.
Under normal circumstances, companies have corporate social responsibilities, but at the same time companies do not want to compromise their name or to be associated where there are squabbles”, said Mr. Isaacs.
“So we have to applaud Skorpion Zinc for continuing to invest in football for the growth of the game, but at the same time if companies can also follow in the footsteps of Skorpion Zinc and any other companies that support sport in general. Then I’m sure as a nation we can grow and move in the right direction”, he added.
Isaacs has been encouraged by the evolution of the Cup since its debut in 2013, pointing out to the growing competitiveness between the regions as a sign of progress towards improving the sport at national level.
“I think now in terms of the competition itself, if you look at the first edition which was held in Keetmanshoop and the results in terms of the competitors, you could see there was still a gap between some regions based on the results, but after the third and fourth year you could see it’s more competitive. There is not one region which is more dominant than the others”, he said.
“Obviously this is a developmental competition targeting youth. It’s good that these regional teams get this type of exposure as the players will be groomed to participate in national competitions  where Namibia will take part in international competitions, whether it’s COSAFA Cup or CAF youth U/17s competitions. So, this type of exposure is very good and beneficial in the long run in terms of development for these youngsters”
The two-day Cup is set to kick-off on Friday 23 August when Erongo region takes on Otjozondjupa at 09h00, and everything is going according to plan says Isaacs.
“Everything is in place for the tournament with 22 officials from all 14 regions attending a refresher course at the NFA technical centre in Windhoek, while the Sam Nujoma stadium will play host to the tournament. The teams will camp at various school hostels around the capital.”
The Minister of Sport, Youth and National service, Erastus Uutoni will deliver the keynote address to officially open the tournament.
The Skorpion Zinc Cup is a collaboration between the mining company and the Namibia Football Association (NFA) which started in 2013.
It aims to present a platform to grow Namibian football at grassroots level while offering teenage footballers a chance to be scouted for both club and national team football.
Kharas region are the reigning champions of the cup.

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