14 Jul 2015 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUL (NAMPA) Rundu-based Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit Julinho Sporting Football Club (FC) won the mobile phone text message competition to participate in this years Dr Hage Geingob Cup on 23 July and 25 July.
Julinho joins the local African Stars, Mamelodi Sundowns from South Africa and Primeiro de Agosto from Angola in the four-team competition set for the Independence Stadium in the capital.
African Stars are participating by virtue of having won the 2014/15 NPL title.
In its inaugural year in 2014, three Namibian football clubs - Black Africa, African Stars and Tigers - competed against Mamelodi Sundowns.
Mamelodi Sundowns won that tournament after defeating African Stars in the final.
Football fans had to vote for their favourite team to participate in the competition, and Julinho garnered a staggering 30 664 votes out of 57 636 votes registered.
The rest of the top six are Tura Magic with 14 231 votes; Tigers 7 420 votes; newly promoted Oshakati-based outfit Young Chiefs 2 983 votes; Black Africa 1 003 votes; and Orlando Pirates 902 votes.
Last year there were only 17 955 votes in total.
Speaking to Nampa after the announcement, Julinho Sportings commercial director Daniel Tjongarero said credit should be given to the teams strong presence on social media.
We are a young and hungry team that is looking forward to making our first appearance at the Dr. Hage Geingob Cup count; our engagement with our supporters on the social media paid off.
We will use this Cup as a spring board to prepare well for our 2015/16 NPL season and at the same event we will be testing our new players who were purchased in the off-season, said Tjongarero.
Julinho ended 13th out of 16 teams in the NPL last season.
African Stars and Julinho will play the opening game on 23 July at 17h30, followed by the match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Primeiro de Agosto at 19h30.
The third and fourth place play-off and the final matches will be played on 25 July.
A curtain raiser between former Brave Warriors players and Diplomats will kick off the event at 13h00.
This year, N.dollars 7 million has been allocated for the event. From this amount, the Namibian teams will each receive an appearance fee of N.dollars 350 000.
The appearance fees for Mamelodi Sundowns and Primeiro de Agosto could not be availed due to their contract agreements.