Hage Geingob Cup launched, Zambia confirmed as opponents

The sixth edition of the Hage Geingob Cup was officially launched in the capital with Zambia confirmed as the next opponents for the Brave Warriors.

The match is scheduled for 09 November 2019 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

Speaking at the launch the chairperson of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Normalisation Committee (NC) at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Committee Hilda Basson-Namundjembo said the cup comes at a time when the national team is performing well.

Despite us not having an active league, we just saw the Brave Warriors qualify for Chan 2020 last Saturday. It is fitting that the president chose to align his name with football from all these sports available in Namibia, because of what football has achieved, she said

She added that football brings the nation together, it has the ability to inspire people to greater heights and fight poverty.

She, however, had strong words for the Zambian High Commissioner Stella Libongani, who represented the Football Association of Zambia saying Namibia will revenge the 4-1 defeat they suffered in March during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Ludwig Hausiku, the advisor in the Ministry of Sport Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni read the minister saying the competition will afford the local-based players an opportunity to impress scouts who usually watch the match with the aim of identifying talent.

This cup objective is to expose talent and export it to the international market. This year Namibia will play Zambia as Sam Nujoma Stadium. The match will also help the two teams prepare for the 2020 AFCON qualifiers, he said.

Zambian High Commissioner Stella Libongani expressed gratitude at invitation saying the FAZ appreciates the invite.

This will be an opportunity to consolidate the relationship between the two countries for the benefit of the people of the two countries. The two countries have benefitted from various corporation including sports, she said.

She added that bilateral relations between Zambia and Namibia are broad and continue to grow as the two countries engage at various levels.

Daisry Mathias, the youth matters and enterprise development advisor in the office of the president delivered the keynote address on behalf the president said the cup has grown from strength to strength.

The annual competition which was first played in a club format before being upgraded to national teams will see Namibia attempt to defend their title for the third consecutive year, following victories over Zimbabwe in 2017 and Ghana in 2019.

Source: Namibia Press Agency