Cup diverts funds to elderly and shelters

The patron of the event, President Hage Geingob, said the aim of the tournament is to unite Namibia.

13 November 2020 | Sports

Limba Mupetami







WINDHOEK

Various old age homes and maternity waiting shelters across the country will benefit from the Dr Hage Geingob Cup sponsorship this year.

This was announced yesterday at a press conference held in the capital.

The seventh edition of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup was meant to take place this month, but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and regulations around competitions.

However, because funding for the cup was already secured, the organisers and the sponsors decided to divert the funds to those affected by the pandemic as part of their corporate responsibility.

The sponsors include Namibia Breweries and telecommunications giant MTC, who both sponsored N$1.6 million, as well as Bank Windhoek, who sponsored N$250 000.

Happy patron

The patron of the tournament, President Hage Geingob, who graced the press conference, said the aim of the football competition is to unite Namibia.

“It’s a very difficult time for all of us,” he said, adding that the sponsors have continuously shown their support, attracting many fans and bringing clubs to Namibia.

“Yes, we have lost the cup most of the times. This time around, my idea was to train and become ‘Danger Point’ again,” the former footballer joked.

Geingob further thanked those involved in organising the cup as well as the Namibia Football Association for keeping the competition running.

The president also wished the Brave Warriors well for their Afcon qualifier match slated for today, urging them to either win or draw and then finish off Mali in the second leg.

Helping hand

About 20 old age homes and maternity waiting shelters will receive television sets, radios, toiletries, vitamins, blankets and other items, according to the organisers.

The convenor of the cup, Amos Shiyuka, thanked the sponsors for always stepping up.

“You never hesitated when I came knocking on your door. He also added that MTC has further committed to the event for the next three years.

He went on to thank Bank Windhoek, saying their contribution is “very meaningful” and added that no other bank has sponsored the cup before.

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