The 4th edition of the Dr Hage Geingob soccer cup will take place on 11 November at the Sam Nujoma Stadium where the Tafel Lager Brave Warriors will meet Zimbabwe on the playing field.
The Cup was officially launched in Windhoek at the Head Office of Namibia Breweries Limited, this week.
Samanthe Heyns, Brand Manager: Mainstream at NBL delivered the address on behalf of NBL Managing Director Wessie van der Westhuizen, "This year we are very excited about the fact that the format has changed to now become an officially recognized FIFA international, which provides our national team, the Tafel Lager Brave Warriors, with an extra opportunity to prepare for the all-important road to Kenya after successfully progressing through the qualifying stages. Obviously Tafel Lager has a double vested interest in this event as the founding sponsor of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup as well as being the title sponsor of the Tafel Lager Brave Warriors."
Heyns added that in discussions with the NFA it was evident that the national team needed as many friendlies and as much game time against good opposition as possible to be competitive in the African competitions going forward. She expressed her gratitude towards the Zimbabwean Football Association for agreeing to this fixture and looked forward to a great contest and an even better vibe in the stadium.
Main co-sponsor MTC's Joseph Mundjindi addressed visited guests on behalf of MTC and advised: "The Hage Geingob Cup represents to MTC, the aspect of inclusivity, intertwined by the belief that through sport we are able to achieve a lot together. As MTC we have always believed in the power of positivity that sport brings to our Nation and supporting the Hage Geingob Cup for the 4th edition simply means that we are living out those value we hold dear".
Hon. Agnes Tjongarero, Deputy Minister of Sports, Youth and National Services thanked all the sponsors and urged the sports fraternity to ensure the stadium is filled, while she made the National Coach Ricardo Manetti promise the Dr Hage Geingob Cup will remain in Namibia this year.
Daisry Mathias, Presidential Advisor: Youth Matters and Enterprise Development delivered the address on behalf of the President to launch the 2017 cup, in which all sponsors were thanked for their unwavering support over the past 4 years and support pledged to the National Team for the upcoming game.
Namibia Football Association (NFA) President Frans Mbidi said the 2017 Dr. Hage Geingob Cup added significance in the sense that it would be used to accord the struggling national team, the Brave Warriors - who are African Nations Championship finals bound - an opportunity to strut their stuff and thoroughly prepare for the tournament in January in a country still to be determined by the Confederation of African Football.
"The grading of the game is deliberate and indeed signifies the magnitude of the Dr. Hage Geingob Cup and we are all glad to know that our preparations for the 2017 CHAN Finals will be boasted by this international game, which the team needs," he said.
Other sponsors, apart from Tafel Lager/ NBL and MTC include Air Namibia and Huawei.
The cost of tickets bought beforehand are N$20 and they were available from Webtickets Namibia at all Pick 'n Pay's country wide, while limited tickets would be sold at the gates for N$ 40.
The first 5000 people through the gate will receive a promotional hat or t-shirt and top local musicians, including Adora, Tswazis, One Blood, Kalux and PDK, will entertain the crowd before the matches as well as during half time.
Caption from left to right 1st row: Amos Shiyuka Tournament Director, Barry Rukoro NFA, Diasry Mathias Representative Office of the President, Joseph Mundjindi MTC, Twaku Kayofa, Air Namibia. 2nd row left to right: Ricardo Manetti Brave Warriors Coach, Hon Agnes Tjongarero Deputy Minister of Sports, Youth and National Service, Samanthe Heyns NBL and Frans Mbidi NFA.