AN under-20 football tournament will be held at Rundu this weekend, from which a preliminary Kavango Region squad for The Namibian Newspaper Cup will be selected.
The tournament will feature sides from all 11 constituencies of the region and will ensure a wider representation in the team to compete at the Newspaper Cup, said Kavango Region football chairman Naftali Ngalangi.
An additional team made up of survivors from last year's regional side will also be part of the competition.
"In the past we experienced a problem with the selection [of the regional team]. Some players were left out because they were not from the urban part of Kavango. It was mainly just players from Rundu and areas near the town who were in the team. This time we want to make sure that players from the whole region get a chance to showcase their skills," Ngalangi said.
The winners of the tournament will receive a trophy and a N$15 000 prize.
"We need to spike up the quality of the [regional] team. We are very confident that we will get the best through this tournament," Ngalangi said.
He added that the scouts will select 30 players who will form part of a camp ahead of the Newspaper Cup in Easter (March 29 to April 1) in Otjiwarongo.
That number will then be trimmed down to a final group of 20 by March 14.
"We are mainly looking for players who are 16 to 18 years old. We want to be able to use the players for at least three more Newspaper Cup tournaments. We also want to have players on standby who can come in if it is necessary," said Ngalangi.
"Our aim is to win the Newspaper Cup in Otjiwarongo. We have been to the semifinals five times. We want to bring that trophy here."
The contest in Rundu begins on Friday and will conclude on Sunday at the Rundu Sport Stadium.