We will condemn you if you lose: PM

20 Jul 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JUL (NAMPA) - Prime Minister (PM) Hage Geingob warned the Brave Gladiators that he will condemn them if they let the nation down during the 2014 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women's Championship.
The ninth edition of the biennial competition is set for 11 to 25 October 2014 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital.
He made this statement here on Saturday during the CAF draw, adding that Namibians are getting tired that their teams are just participating and not winning anything.
“Those days of losing are over now, it’s about time that you start winning,” said the PM.
Geingob assured CAF that the Namibian Government through the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture will host the Cup successfully.
“We are going to host the best finals that have never been seen in Africa before,” he boasted.
Geingob, who is the patron of Namibian football, said that despite some challenges facing women’s football such as financial resources, women still play good football.
“Women play so good that you cannot even distinguish between them and men. Their football is even more interesting, fast and with short ball passes than that of men,” he said.
He further stated that hosting an international sports event is a great honour for a country.
“Through these events people are able to learn about you, and you are able to learn about others, therefore as Namibians we are proud to have an opportunity to showcase our country and love for football in the best ways,” said Geingob.
It was the first time in CAF’s history that the draw for the women’s final was conducted in the host country.
Namibia have been drawn in Group A with Ivory Coast, Zambia and Nigeria.
Group B comprises of South Africa, Algeria, Cameroon and Ghana.
The three top teams will qualify for the Women's World Cup in Canada next year.