02 Aug 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 AUG (NAMPA) - Tigers Football Club captain Absalom Iimbodi has called on all football fans in general and club fans in particular to take advantage of free transport and reduced ticket prices to attend this weekend's Dr Hage Geingob Cup.
Tigers FC, African Stars, as well as Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates from South Africa, will take part in the four-team competition set for Independence Stadium in Windhoek.
Tigers are participating because they won the 2015/16 Namibia Premier League (NPL) title.
Football fans had to vote in a text message competition for their favourite team to participate 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.
In a media statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday, Iimbodi called on all of his clubs supporters to fill up the stadium on Saturday and Sunday for the prestigious Dr Hage Geingob Cup, which his club will be competing in for the first time.
We have won the league and come Sunday, we must lift the Dr Hage Geingob Cup. Our president turns 75 years (on 03 August 2016) and what better way for Tigers to celebrate than by winning, Iimbodi said.
On Saturday, the programme starts at 12h00 as the 2016 Confederation of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Under-17 champions, the Baby Warriors, take on Congo in the second round of the U-17 Confederation of African Football (CAF) qualifiers.
This will be followed by the Tigers versus African Stars clash at 14h00. Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa will then take to the field at 16h00 to complete the action on day-one.
Iimbodi reckons Tigers will reach the final.
We know African Stars will come with a point to prove but we plan to surprise them on Saturday. Winning should become our habit and we need to put Stars to bed on Saturday, he warned.
The reigning Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Premiership Player of the Year called on fans to buy their tickets and have a feast with the four high-profile clubs.
Imagine - Tigers, Stars, Sundowns and Pirates at one venue. All teams have new faces and you need to come see them all as well. You cant ask for more and it will be an exciting and memorable weekend, Iimbodi said.
The third and fourth place play-off and 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, while the appearance fees for Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates could not be availed due to their contract agreements.
Tickets for the competition are selling for N.dollars 20 for a double-header from Computicket.
However, fans can also purchase a N.dollars 30 ticket for both days. Free transport is arranged for both days at various pick-up points in the capital.