Dr. Hage Geingob Cup launched

13 May 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAY (NAMPA) - A new football competition was launched here on Tuesday in honour of Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob.
The Dr Hage Geingob Cup, to serve as a legacy of the patron of Namibian football, will see the three top-voted Namibia Premier League (NPL) teams compete here on 25 May.
The club with the most votes received via mobile phone short message services (smss) will play against South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) 2013/14 season winner Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club, while the other two teams will play against each other.
The competition was initiated by Windhoek Draught and Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) in conjunction with Namibian Broadcasting Cooperation (NBC), Windhoek Country Club, Namibian Football Association (NFA), Skorpion Zinc, Air Namibia and Namibian Airports Company.
MTC has introduced a sms line on which supporters of the 12 Namibian Premier League (NPL) teams can vote for their team to compete in the four-team tournament set for the Independence stadium.
The purse will be announced after the voting line closes on 20 May.
Speaking at the launch, Geingob said he was proud to be honoured for his contribution and love for the game of football.
He reminded the people in attendance of his football heydays, playing for his home town team ‘Ethosha Lions’ from Tsumeb.
“I can vividly remember the first time I travelled to Johannesburg in 1962. It took us five days to travel by train and we lost our first game. As for our second game, we played against the Springs and lost 11-1 – a goal for every player of our team, but when we played against the Bloemfontein team they robbed us because we drew four-all after leading the match,” said Geingob.
The Premier said he is not only being honoured because he loves football, but because he also played the game and was known in Tsumeb by his football name ‘Danger Point’.
“I used to wear the number two (jersey) and all the strikers knew they could not go through (pass) me, but if one lucky striker managed to go through me than all the fans knew it was a goal,” boasted Geingob.
On his part, Mamelodi Sundowns Technical Director Trott Moloto welcomed the invitation to compete for the cup.
“As champions we are honoured to be invited by the Prime Minister of Namibia to participate in the competition, but as you know champions know how to win and lift heavy trophies, that is why we will bring a strong squad to come lift this trophy,” he stated.