THE Warriors have been given an extra incentive in their international football friendly match away to Namibia on November 11 after the hosts unveiled an over $300 000 sponsorship package for the game.
BY HENRY MHARA
The two nations will now play for the fourth edition of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup, which was launched in Windhoek, to the tune of N$4,1 million ($301 768).
Finer details of the financial package were not available yesterday, with the detailed programme for the match expected to be published next week.
The cup, which honours Namibian President Hage Geingob, will be played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital.
The Dr Hage Geingob Cup previously featured mainly local and visiting clubs, but the organisers this year were forced to adopt a new format due to the inactivity of the Namibia Premier League for over a year now.
As a result, the organisers extended an invitation to the Warriors for the match, which will also fall on the Fifa calendar as an international friendly, whose outcome will have a bearing on the Fifa rankings.
The match against the Brave Warriors would be the Warriors’ second friendly during the November international break, as they are scheduled to play Lesotho in Maseru on November 8.
Zimbabwe are using the friendly matches to prepare for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo in March next year.
Zifa are expected to name the coach who will take charge of the two matches, as well as the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) Cup tournament, where the Warriors have been invited to participate at the end of November.
Namibia, meanwhile, are using the friendly match to prepare for the African Nations Championship (Chan) finals.
It will be the second time the two nations will be facing each other this year after their meeting in the Chan first round qualifier in July, where the Brave Warriors came tops.
The last three editions of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup have been won by South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns, and Namibian Youth, Sport and National Service deputy minister Agnes Tjongarero has implored the Brave Warriors to beat the Warriors and keep the cup in the country.
“We cannot allow the trophy to leave the country for three straight years. That’s why I would like to urge you and your players to work hard and make sure the trophy remains home and we must show the world we can win as well,” she said this week.