The annual Dr Hage Geingob Cup football tournament will take place in November this year, with organisers still to announce the participation teams in the competition.
The Dr Hage Geingob Cup, which was launched in 2015 in honour of the country’s president, is usually contested by the winner of the cup, the Namibia Premier League NPL champions, an MTC sms competition winner and a guest team.
However, last year the format was changed due to uncertainty over the start of the NPL, which only got underway in October of because of a lack of sponsors, before MTC and First National Bank (FNB) came to its rescue with a combined N$20 million sponsorship per season, for a three year period.
For the first time last year the tournament was contested by the Brave Warriors and Zimbabwe’s men senior team, nicknamed the Warriors, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, in an international friendly match which the Brave Warriors won 3-1.
Again this year, the same format will be used with the Brave Warriors likely to play in the tournament against a team yet to be confirmed said Amos Shiyuka, organiser of the tournament.
“The venue will be the Dr Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura and the month is November 2018 - and we will communicate the exact date to you as soon as we have finalized our discussion with all the Stakeholders. Same format as last year, we are busy finalizing the negotiations with the National Team that will compete this year and will announce at the launch in late September 2018,” Shiyuka said.
So far, co-sponsors MTC and Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) have confirmed that they will come on board once again, while other yet unnamed sponsors are also expected at a later date.
In 2015 and 2016 the tournament was held in July as a pre-season tournament which saw the likes of South Africa’s club Mamelodi Sundowns, Angolan giant Primero de Agosto and another South African club Orlando Pirates all taking part in the competition alongside Namibian clubs such as African Stars, Tigers and Julinho Sporting football club.
Sundowns won the Dr Hage Geingob Cup twice in 2015 and 2016, but did not defend the title because of the changes to the tournament format.
Last year’s event was sponsored to the tune of N$4.1 million, with Teal Lager coming in as the main sponsor with N$2.5 million, while MTC gave N$1.5 million and Huawei Technologies Namibia donated N$100,000.
“Yes the main Sponsors NBL and MTC are on board and confirmed, and we are still waiting for more sponsors. The Dr Hage Geingob Cup is still months away and will be held in November,” Shiyuka said.