By Kuvee Kangueehi WINDHOEK The Coca-Cola Youth Cup finals, which are under way in Oshakati, will be moving into the quarterfinals this morning with the final scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at the Oshakati Independence Stadium. The Coca-Cola Youth Cup games are the biggest schools football tournament in the country and tomorrow afternoon a third champion of the competition will be known. Academia High School from Windhoek are the current holders of the cup after they were crowned champions last year at Otjiwarongo. The first round of the competition started on Tuesday, the second round on Wednesday while the third round was completed yesterday evening. The games were being played on a league basis and the top eight teams were going to be selected to play the quarterfinals this morning. A draw was also expected to be done last night to determine who takes on whom in the final eight. Although it is difficult to predict who will walk away with the crown, P K de Villiers from Keetmanshoop looked very impressive yesterday and demolished rookies Tsumkwe five goals to no reply. However, Mariental High School pulled a surprise and defeated their archrivals P K de Villiers by a single goal. Wennie Du Plessis from Gobabis also appears to be a strong contender for the championship as they beat highly rated J J Afrikaner by a single goal. The Okakarara High School is also a dark horse in the competition and their impressive 3-0 victory over Swakopmund Secondary School should not be taken lightly. The winner on Saturday afternoon will walk away with a trophy and N$70 000 while the runners-up will take home N$30 000. The third-place winners will have to settle for N$15 000 while the fourth-place contenders will receive N$7 500 for their efforts. The final game of the tournament is set to take place at 15h00 on Saturday. The competition, officially opened by the Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa has drawn a lot of attention from the locals. At the opening ceremony the Governor noted that the Oshana Regional Council appreciates the huge amount of money the Coca-Cola Company invests, through an annual ‘Coca-Cola Youth Cup’, for the development of football at secondary school level countrywide. Nampa reported that Kashuupulwa said Coca-Cola’s initiative of investing over N$200 000 in secondary school football every year is a good example, which needs to be emulated by other private companies in the country. The initiative, Kashuupulwa said, promotes good sportsmanship in the senior schools of the country and is in line with the nation’s endeavors to develop and prepare younger potential players for future international competitions. Kashuupulwa expressed concern over Namibia’s failure to qualify for international and/or World Cup football competitions, while on the other hand recognized good results in the country’s boxing sport code. Urging the Namibian football fraternity to pull up their socks, Kashuupulwa stressed that if a sister country Angola can qualify for the World Cup finals, Namibia could also do it.
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