Developing youth soccer

HopSol league kicks off in March

12 February 2020 | Sports

The HopSol Khomas Youth League is set to continue for a fourth consecutive year following the renewal of the N$1 million annual sponsorship deal by its title sponsor, HopSol, in Windhoek.
According to the league’s founder, Collin Benjamin, the sponsorship extension means that exciting things are in store for the upcoming season that is set to commence on 1 March.
“The street football culture that we grew up with is non-existent nowadays. The league gives the children a platform to perfect their skills and develop into better football players.”
For the first time, the league has registered a full girls’ team to play in the boys’ league, a development which is exciting for the competition, he said.
The former Brave Warriors captain said the highlight of the league was the 2018 participation at the Future Champs Tournament in Gauteng, South Africa, against world-renowned clubs like Spartak Moscow from Russia, Espanyol and Barcelona from Spain and Orlando Pirates from South Africa.
“This helped the boys gain much-needed exposure at a top level. Another milestone was in 2019 when the Khomas Region won the Scorpion Zinc u/17 tournament with nearly the whole squad made up of players from the HopSol league, including the player of tournament,” he added
There are currently over 2 000 players participating in the league that spans from u/9 to the u/19 age groups.
Benjamin said going forward they would like to expose the players to international soccer, where selected teams can compete in tournaments in Cape Town and Johannesburg. “We are definitely moving in the right direction and integrating the girl child this year is of paramount importance. We would also like to move into another region as we did in 2018 at the coast, which unfortunately did not work out.”
The HopSol league was established in 2017 to broaden the current scope of organised youth football, while rekindling the ailing fortunes of schools football culture in the country. – Nampa

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