By John Tuerijama
OTJOZONDJUPA has selected a 20-member squad to represent the region in the third edition of the Under-17 Skorpion Zinc Cup, which will take place in Windhoek next month.
There is massive pressure on the Otjozondjupa U-17 boys, who will be attempting to emulate their U-20 counterparts, who won the Namibian Newspaper Cup played in Swakopmund earlier this year.
Otjozondjupa are drawn in Group A, alongside //Karas, defending champions Omusati, as well as Omaheke and Kunene, for the tournament which takes place from 7 to 10 September.
Skorpion Zinc has injected a cool N$1.4 million into this year’s edition, which is expected to deliver a footballing spectacle of note.
In an interview with Confidente this week Otjozondjupa Football League Chairperson, Samuel Jantze, said that they will be utilising funds from the regional league to prepare the under-17 football team.
“It was extremely difficult to source funds from businesses, because of time constraints, but we have money that will be used for a training camp, which will conclude on 6 September,” Jantze said.
“Finance-wise, we have no sponsor, and to secure a sponsor now will be very difficult. As you know, there are internal procedures that need to followed, and the (negative) responses of potential sponsors to our pleas were unfortunately understandable and genuine.”
Jantze said that they could not stage earlier trials, because of school examinations.
However, the regional trials had taken place last weekend.
He thanked to the school football league, which was the source of the selected players, before adding that the region was confident of a good performance at the Skorpion Zinc Cup this year.
“We will not underestimate any team; we will go out there and compete, as we have assembled a strong squad. We didn’t do well during the 2015 edition in Tsumeb, but this time around we’re destined to do very well, by progressing beyond the group stages,” said Jantze.
“We will field our strongest team possible, because we are unfortunately in the toughest group, and we will surely approach each game on its merits.”
This year’s Skorpion Zinc Cup also sees Ohangwena, Khomas, Oshikoto, Erongo and Kavango East drawn in Group B, while Kavango West, Zambezi, Oshana and Hardap will compete in Group C.
Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General, Barry Rukoro, said last week that the winner of the tournament will receive N$25 000, while the runner-up will walk away with N$15 000.
The two semi-finalists will each pocket N$7 500 for their efforts, while the team that wins the Fair Play Award will get N$2 000.
The Player of the Tournament will take home N$3 000, while the best goalkeeper, top goal scorer and the Match Official of the Tournament will pocket N$2 000 each.
Rukoro said that the Man of the Match during each of the 30 games will pocket N$150 each.
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