22 Nov 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 NOV (NAMPA) Brave Warriors players and management on Wednesday presented the Dr Hage Geingob Cup they won against Zimbabwe earlier this month to Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero.
This follows the deputy ministers challenge on the team in the run-up to the competition to make sure the trophy stays in Namibia.
The team managed to do as you instructed, and the first thing we decided to do was to present the trophy to you and prove that we have kept our promise to you, said Jakes Amaning, the national team players welfare manager.
His sentiments were echoed by the teams coach, Ricardo Mannetti, who added that the pressure mounted as they feared disappointing her.
It was a good challenge, but it made us a bit nervous earlier during our training camp. We are people of our word and we keep our word. That is why we came with the trophy to you so you can see it and feel it, he said.
Namibia's senior national side beat Zimbabwe 3-1 to win the revamped Dr Hage Geingob Cup on 11 November at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
On her part, Tjongarero thanked the team, saying she does not want the trophy to ever leave Namibia.
I am happy that you made the president happy by keeping the cup at home. I will make arrangements with the speaker of parliament so that you can come and present the trophy to the August House next week Tuesday, Tjongarero said.
This, she said, will help her motivate for an improved budgetary vote for sports in Namibia.
Tjongarero further called on the Brave Warriors to continue winning, alluding to their participation in the 2018 African Nations Championship finals in Morocco in January.
During the meeting, Brave Warriors Manager, Tim Isaacs presented the deputy minister with a Brave Warriors replica jersey.
The trophy will remain in her office for one week.