Hage Geingob Cup to feature Namibian and Zimbabwean Warriors
WINDHOEK, 11 OCT (NAMPA) – The Hage Geingob Cup will this year take place under a new format.
This was revealed during the launch of the fourth edition of the annual football competition here on Wednesday.
This year’s tournament will see Namibia’s senior national men’s football team, Brave Warriors, face Zimbabwe’s Warriors in a Federation of International Football Associations friendly match as part of their preparations for next year’s African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament.
The match will be played on 11 November 2017 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The competition is usually contested by the previous winner of the cup, Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions, Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) text message competition winner and an invited guest team.
The format was changed this year due to the absence of NPL games for over one year because of a lack of money.
Namibia Football Association President Frans Mbidi said during the launch the game will give the Brave Warriors a chance to prove that eliminating Zimbabwe from the Chan qualifiers in July this year was not a fluke.
“This fourth edition of the tournament gives us a chance to celebrate the life of our president and his contribution to sports in general and football in particular,” said Mbidi.
Speaking at the same occasion, Deputy Minister of Sports, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero called on Namibians to come in large numbers and honour the president’s contribution to sports.
“This cup must stay in Namibia. I call on Mannetti (coach Ricardo) and his boys to work hard in making sure that the cup stays here,” she said, adding the sponsors have done their part, now the onus is with the players to do their work on the field.
Sponsors include MTC, Air Namibia, Namibia Breweries Limited, and Huawei.
In a speech read on his behalf, Geingob who is currently out of the country on official duty, said football has potential to contribute towards Namibia’s social progression and economic development.
“We have a shared obligation to hold hands and continue in our good works to develop and capacitate our communities and youths through sports,” he said.
The Cup was launched in 2014 in honour of Geingob when he was still Namibian Prime Minister.
South African club, Mamelodi Sundowns, has won the previous editions of the cup.