Stars to dazzle the Brazilians
This is according to the votes cast by the locals to determine which Namibia Premier league clubs would feature in the prestigious match which is in honour of Dr. Hage Geingob.
African Stars got the most votes of 7061 and will take on Sundowns in the main match on Sunday at 16h00, while the curtain raisers, Black Africa with 3459 votes will face rivals Tigers (3166 votes) at 14h00.
The extravaganza will start at 10h00 as the gates open to the public with curtain raisers the Prime Minister’s Invitational locking horns with Diplomats with the kick off at 11h00.
Announcing the results at the media briefing held this week at Football House, Barry Rukoro, Namibia Football Association Secretary General also revealed what the local participating teams will get for their involvement in the cup.
“African Stars will receive N$150,000 for playing against Sundowns and for BA and Tigers each will receive N$100,000, which is something worth mentioning indeed. It is all in honour of the son of the soil and his contribution to Namibia and particularly to football and we are all looking forward to it”.
Rukoro sentiments were echoed by MTC’s Tim Ekandjo and Namibia Breweries Ian Stevenson.
Ekandjo said, despite the disappointing number of votes, the organisers were confident all participants will cherish the occasion.
“It will be a big day and for the three NPL clubs, it will be an honour for them to play on Sunday for honour Dr. Geingob. The Cup has the blessing of the NPL and I have no doubt the mere participation on Sunday will go a long way in making sure they become part of history as well”, Ekandjo said.
Pretoria based side Mamelodi Sundowns recently won the South African premier league and is the most successful football club, winning the league six times. Sundowns have broken other records, winning the league title three years on the trot.
Former Bafana Bafana coach and current Sundowns manager, Pitso Mosimane recently said that the Hage Geingob Cup would be key in their African aspirations. South African teams have often fared poorly, with only Orlando Pirates being able to lift the Championship of African Football once.
Entrance tickets for the day are N$20 in advance at Computicket and Football House and will N$40 at the gates.