21 May 2014 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) - African Stars Football Club will play against South African Premier League champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the main game of the Dr. Hage Geingob Cup on Sunday.
The Cup serves as a legacy to the patron of Namibian football, Geingob.
Mamelodi Sundowns won the recently-concluded South African league, and the match is set for the Independence Stadium in the capital.
Black Africa and Tigers will play the other game as part of the inaugural Dr. Hage Geingob Cup.
The teams were determined via a mobile phone text message competition, through which NPL clubs fans were requested to vote for the team of their choice to play in the Cup.
Announcing the results of the text message competition during a media briefing on Wednesday at Soccer House, Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General Barry Rukoro said African Stars received 7 061 votes, Black Africa 3 459, Tigers 3 166, Orlando Pirates 1 259 and Tura Magic 354.
Rukoro said some teams did not even get a single vote from their supporters, but he was pleased with those who voted.
Thanks to the fans and clubs who participated in the voting competition in honour of the Prime Minister (PM). We know most clubs have hectic schedules in the league, but availing themselves to play in the cup is a big honour, he noted.
MTC Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo expressed disappointment with the low number of votes for some teams.
This explains why stadiums are always empty because there is a difference between supporters and fans. Supporters are those people who go to the stadium and are always behind their team, but fans are those people who just scream at the stadium and dont even bother to vote for their team, he said.
Ekandjo added that the three Namibian clubs which will play in the Cup will be compensated for their appearances by MTC through the football association.
In spite of whatever outcome of the games, African Stars will receive N.dollars 150 000, and Black Africa and Tigers N.dollars 100 000 each.
Ekandjo did not want to reveal the amount Sundowns will receive, saying it is an agreement between the football association and the visiting club.
Municipal buses will be availed to take supporters to the stadium as early as 10h00 for an old crocks game in which Geingob will feature, with entertainment from top Namibian musicians such as Gazza, Tate Buti and The Dogg further spicing things up.
The first 3 000 fans into the stadium will receive T-shirts in honour of the maiden Cup.
Tickets are on sale in advance for N.dollars 20, and N.dollars 40 at the gate.