Skorpion delivers national fruit

31 August 2018 | Sports

Players who excelled at the just-ended Skorpion Zinc Under-17 Cup are likely to be roped into the national set-up.

This was revealed by u-17 national team coach, Paul 'Shakes' Malembu, who witnessed first-hand how the cup competition unfolded in Grootfontein last weekend.

He said he was very impressed with the talent on display.

The //Karas Region defeated Omaheke 3-1 on penalties to win the fifth edition of the Skorpion Zinc Cup at the Omulunga stadium.

Malembu was impressed with the natural talent some players possess, even if they do not have professional coaches.

“Yes, we did see some fine players at the tournament and they are definitely the future for the national u-17 team.

“There are about four players I have set my sights on, but I will reveal their names at a later stage.

“I can tell you that the talent is there, but they just need to be polished,” Malembu said.

He expects the identified players to be part of the squad for the next u-17 Cosafa tournament.

Malembu mentored his team into third at this year's Cosafa u-17 tournament, held in Mauritius in July.

“The only thing I can add is that I do believe that we can explore more talent at grassroots level, if people are able to pump more money into the sport.

“It is always a shame when a nation has so much talent, but they are not discovered because of a lack of tournaments.

“That is why it goes without saying, thank you to Skorpion Zinc and the Namibia Football Association for such a great initiative,” Malembu added.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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