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Reigning champs, Khomas eye title again

Basking in glory: Last year’s Under 17 champions and trophy holders, Khomas are set to defend their trophy and retain the silverware in their clutches

The Khomas Regional under-17 side are gunning for victory in their opening match of the second edition of the Skorpion Zinc Under 17 Cup which takes place from 22 to 25 August at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.
Khomas Region are the defending champions of the teenage boys competition which brings together the best of young players and will surely face fierce competition at home for the hands on the trophy.
According to Khomas Regional team coach Marcello Wakudumo, the new generation of Khomas players have set their eyes on defending the cup but knows how important the opening game against arch-rivals Omaheke region will be.
He said, “We have a great journey to undertake and it starts with the opening game against Omaheke on Friday 22 August at 09h00.
 We all know the rivalry and history between the two regions in football terms and it will not be any different.”

“We have to win that match to set the tone but the stakes will be high obviously and we are not taking anyone lightly.
All teams will come here to try and take the cup away from us and we have to be and are ready for that not to happen. We will be at home and the cup must stay at home”, added Wakudumo.
This year’s competition has pitted the Khomas Region against Omaheke, Kavango and Zambezi in Group A, Karas, Kunene, Oshikoto and Erongo make up Group B, while Hardap, Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Otjozondjupa constitute Group C.
The competition starts on Friday 22 August with Khomas and Omaheke opening up at 09h00 to be followed by Karas versus Kunene and Hardap against Oshana, while Kavango have a date against rivals Zambezi region at 12h45, as part of the eight matches lined up for day one.
On day-two, Oshikoto and Karas will open the action with seven more matches to take place, while  Sunday, 24 August, will see six matches taking place from 09h00 with a clash between Otjozondjupa and Oshikoto regions. Oshana and Omusati sets up another enthralling encounter at 15h15.  On Monday, 25 August  Group A winners will face Group C runners-up at 09h00 while Group B winners and Group C winners will clash at 10h15 in the semi-finals line-up. The third-place playoff match will be at 15h00 to be followed by the main match, the Gold medal encounter at approximately 16h30 as the curtain finally draws close on yet another promising edition of the Skorpion Zinc U/17 Cup.

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