26 Jul 2016 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit African Stars Football Club (FC) won the mobile phone text message competition to participate in this years Dr Hage Geingob Cup from 06 to 07 August.
African Stars join another local club, Tigers, as well as Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, both from South Africa, in the four-team competition set for the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.
Tigers are participating by virtue of having won the 2015/16 NPL title.
In its inaugural year in 2014, Black Africa, African Stars, Tigers and Mamelodi Sundowns competed.
Mamelodi Sundowns won that tournament after defeating African Stars in the final.
In the second edition in 2015, Mamelodi Sundowns, Primeiro de Agosto from Angola and local outfits African Stars and Julinho Sporting participated in the competition. Mamelodi Sundowns won again.
Football fans had to vote for their favourite team to participate in the competition and African Stars garnered a staggering 25 928 votes, while UNAM got 25 874, Rundu Chiefs 14 040 votes and Black Africa 13 704 votes.
Speaking to the media after the announcement, African Stars team Manager Lesley Kozonguizi said African Stars is not a team but a nation and the nation has spoken and won the final spot of participating in the cup tournament.
Our intention is to compete in the competition and not just add up numbers. We want to win the league this year and playing in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup will be good preparation for us as we will see where we stand and what we should improve on before the league starts, he said.
African Stars ended fourth out of 16 teams in the NPL last season.
African Stars and Tigers will play the opening game on 06 August at 14h00, followed by the match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates at 16h00.
The third and fourth place play-off and the final matches will be played on 07 August from 14h00.
Namibian teams participating in the competition will each receive an appearance fee of N.dollars 400 000.
The appearance fees for Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates could not be availed due to their contract agreements.