Khomas banks on home ground advantage in Skorpion Zinc Cup
With 18 days left before the start of the 2017 Skorpion Zinc Under -17 Cup in Windhoek, the host region, Khomas are hitting home stretch on final team selection for the teens showpiece which they won in 2013, according to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) website.
The Khomas Region recently held trials in search of talent and have selected 30 players who have been part of training thus far.
Khomas are in Group B with Kavango East Ohangwena, Khomas, Oshikoto and Erongo Regions and plays their first game against Oshikoto Region at 14:00 at the NFA Technical Centre and Head Coach Hermanus! Naobeb is excited about his teams’ prospects.
“We currently have 30 boys in training and the boys are doing great. They exited my expectations but we are struggling in terms of fitness levels because the Youth league is inactive and these boys are not playing consistent football. On Wednesdays we go jogging and have friendly games on Saturday and Sunday. We are currently working on their fitness levels as the boys will be forced to play a great number of games in just a few days,”the NFA website quoted.
!Naobeb added that the biggest challenge the team will encounter at the tournament is playing at the Sam Nujoma Stadium as the boys have been preparing at a smaller stadium.
“The Sam Nujoma Stadium is bigger than the NFA Technical Centre and fitness will be a problem. But that will not stop us from pulling out all our guns and hopefully securing a win”. He also urged the supporters, parents and all stakeholders involved in the Khomas Football to come support the boys in great attendance.
One of the boys in training, Immanuel Hamunyela a grade 10 learner at Eldorado High School said that he is feeling positive.
“This will actually be my first time to play in a tournament of such magnitude (if selected); I am feeling great and looking forward to the games. The coaches are trying their best to incorporate the different talents and techniques we have in one team.”
Another major player to look out for is Pitsi Amseb who is participating in the tournament for the second time and currently plays for the Baby Warriors.
In Group C, Hardap, Oshana, Kavango West and Hardap will battle for a semi-final date with group A winners. Omusati, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Kunene and Karas are in Group A. Group B winner will face the best runner up from Group A and B.