09 Nov 2017 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 09 NOV (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob has called on the Brave Warriors to win the 2017 Dr Hage Geingob Cup against Zimbabwe when the two sides meet at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
In a media release by the Namibia Football Association on Thursday, Geingob noted that over the past three years, he has handed over the trophy to Mamelodi Sundowns, hence his call for the Ricardo Mannetti-led team to win it.
This year, the Cup is elevated to senior level football and I call on the team to do their best against Zimbabwe and make sure we keep the trophy at home, he said.
It is even more significant that the games are played at home at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, the president added.
Coach Ricardo Mannetti has called mostly local-based players for the clash, with Peter Shalulile, Larry Horaeb and Denzil Haoseb being the only South African-based players included in the squad.
His main focus will be to prepare his charges for the upcoming 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) slated for Morocco in January 2018.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe has named a strong team with several foreign-based players included in their squad.
They will be preparing themselves for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
This will be the third time the two countries meet in a space of five months, having already met in the 2018 CHAN qualifiers where Namibia won 1-0 at home and lost 1-0 away, only to eventually win 4-5 on penalties.
On Saturday, activities are expected to start as early as 10h00 with top local musicians entertaining the crowd, while the senior womens team, the Brave Gladiators will play a friendly match with their Under-20 counterparts, Baby Gladiators.
The first 7 000 supporters will receive various souvenirs such as caps, T-shirts and other hampers, courtesy of the event organisers and sponsors.
Tickets bought beforehand are N.dollars 20 each from Webtickets Namibia at all Pick n Pay stores countrywide and Football House in Katutura, while limited tickets will be sold at the gates for N.dollars 40.
A moment of silence will be observed in memory of late football super fan, Robbie Savage with football legends to present the president with an autographed jersey of the Brave Warriors bearing the late Savages photo.