The Karas Region reckons their team will be the toast of the region for years to come as they prepare to host the 2013 Scorpion Zinc U-17 Cup and to win the youth football competition.
Speaking to nfa.org.na over the weekend, the Karas Region's chairperson Harry Jahs said the regional Under-17 team has been hard at work mastering tactics and increasing their running capacity over the past weeks, in anticipation of a great showing during the Scorpion Zinc Cup which starts on Thursday morning at the Keetmanshoop Stadium and ends on Sunday.
"The team is very representative of the region and they have been hard at work. Together with their coach Flugintius Witbooi, they spent the final week and a half ahead of the tournament at Rosh Pinah at the cost of the sponsors Scorpion Zinc and we are confident that this team can make up for the failures of our Under-20 teams during the recent Namibian Newspaper Cup tournament and still go on to shine bright in future Under-20 competitions," said Jahs.
He added that the Local Organising Committee has done everything possible to ensure a successful hosting of the first-ever Under-17 championship and also praised the sponsors for getting on board. "It is a history in so many ways and as a region we are very pleased to have a big corporate company in our region to have realised the importance of youth football. All the logistics are in place and the inspection team was satisfied with the conditions and standards of facilities."
"We are forever grateful to the Ministry of Education for their continued support of youth sports, especially football and we have the two hostels of J. A Nel and Suiderlig High Schools, great facilities, and we could have not asked for any better," Jahs said about the accommodation provided by the Ministry of Education.
Karas take on Erongo at 11h30 on Thursday, while the tournament gets underway at 09h00 when Khomas play against the Otjozondjupa Region in Group A, which will be followed by a Group B encounter between the Oshana and Omusati regions at 10h15 to be followed by the opening ceremony.
The Otjozondjupa, Khomas, Omaheke and Kunene regions are in Group A, the Omusati, Oshana, Hardap and Kavango regions will compete in Group B, while Group C is made up of the Erongo, Karas, Oshikoto, Caprivi and Ohangwena regions with the winners of Group A and Group B to progress to the semi-finals where they will be joined by the winner and runner-up of Group C.