… Says its an opportunity for Namibian youngsters to showcase talent
By John Tuerijama
FORMER Brave Warriors midfield maestro, Collin Benyamin says Brazilian international marksman Neymar Junior Five Soccer Tournament is wholeheartedly welcome on Namibian soil as it gives young football an opportunity to showcase their talent.
Responding to questions by Confidente during the Neymar Junior Five Soccer Tournament media launch in the capital, Benjamin said the qualifiers scheduled for Oshakati (2 June), Swakopmund (9 June) and Windhoek on 16 June gives interested persons including female football players to vie for top honours and represent Namibia at the world final spectacle billed for Sao Paolo, Brazil on 21 July.
Benjamin who plied his professional football career in Germany for Hamburger SV (2001 – 2011 ), and for 1860 Munchen from 2011 to 2012 said he wants female players to grab the opportunity.
He said the qualifiers are very good for the country as Namibia is fiercely driving the youth development program.
Both Benjamin and Herald Fulle of HopSol Soccer league will be running the Neymar Junior Five Soccer Tournament project.
The former Civics Football Club (FC) player said that depending on this year’s success they will consider taking future Neymar junior qualifiers to other towns.
The 2018 Neymar Junior Five Soccer Tournament will this year introduce a Female Tournament. Also speaking at the event was Red Bull Namibia Brand Manager, Nadja Geiger said the five-a-side soccer tournament is introduced by the Brazilian footballer, who co-founded the Instituto Projecto Neymar Jr, a private non-profit association dedicated to social causes, set up by Neymar Jr and his family. She said Namibia is a country endowed with all kind of talent but urged those truly skill and talented to register their teams for the qualifiers. Quoted Neymar Jr said: “It is important for us to have the girls participating. I think it increases the possibility of having more people who want to participate. What makes me really excited is that each edition brings more players from more countries so I am glad to know that everyone wants to participate, and I feel happy to be part of it as this is what excites me the most.” “No gender limitations, that means mixed teams can enter, and female teams competing in the same format of ten minutes of intense action, no goalkeepers and teams losing a player every time the opposition scores.”
After the scheduled qualifiers the best Namibian 16 teams will play it out at the ‘national final’ which will take place at the United Nations (UN) Plaza and David Bezuidenhout Secondary school at the end of June. However, only one Namibian team will win the main prize of all-expenses paid trip to Brazil, to play against Neymar Jr and his team in the final. In the 2017 edition, over 100 000 players from 53 countries took part in the Neymar Jr’s Five, and this year 63 countries will line up with the chance to show off their skills to Neymar Jr at the Instituto Projecto Neymar Jr. The road to the third Neymar Jr’s Five World Final has already begun. More than 60 countries from 6 continents will be hosting tournament qualifiers, where players will compete with the same dream of making it through the qualifiers, to their national final to book a ticket to the World Final, which will be celebrated for the third time at Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil.
Interested persons who want to know more about the qualifiers in Namibia and their pathway to playing at the world finals on 21 July must access www.neymarjrsfive. com and sign up your five-a-side team.
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