19 May 2016 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 19 MAY (NAMPA) Fifteen Namibia Premier League (NPL) clubs have just begun a new competition a text message battle in which the team with the most votes play in the third edition of the annual Dr Hage Geingob Cup.
The football competition will be played on 06 and 07 August 2016 at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.
Dr Hage Geingob Cup defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club (FC) from South Africa, 2015/16 NPL champions Tigers, and Orlando Pirates, also from South Africa, have been confirmed as participants.
The fourth team will be determined via the text message competition in which people are requested to text the name of their favourite NPL team to 5003.
This was revealed during the launch of the third edition of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup here on Wednesday.
In its inaugural year in 2014, Mamelodi Sundowns won against Namibias Black Africa, African Stars and Tigers.
Mamelodi Sundowns also won last year against Primeiro de Agosto from Angola; African Stars and Julinho Sporting, which won the text message competition that year.
Mamelodi Sundowns are the current Premier Soccer League (PSL) of South Africa champions.
Speaking at the launch, Namibian President Hage Geingob said the competition should be considered as a way of building relations between teams from the different participating countries.
Football should be a fair game and Namibians are very shroud as they are protecting our Namibian teams in the competition. They want one of the teams to reach the final because they selected two South African teams to play each other while a Namibian team will have to play another Namibian team, he said.
Namibia Breweries Limited Managing Director Wessie van der Westhuizen said as the competitions main sponsor that since its inception in 2014, the Dr Hage Geingob Cup is one of the most exciting events on the local sport calendar as it gives local club stars an opportunity to show what it means to be born and brewed in Namibia.
No prize money will be awarded but teams will receive appearance fees, with the specific amounts to be revealed later.