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Funds could delay NPL start

Mon, 19 August 2013 01:51
by Michael Uugwanga

The country’s top football league the Namibia Premier League (NPL) set to start on 21 September, might be delayed due to a sponsorship which is still undecided.
For the past 12 years, Mobile Telecommunication Limited (MTC) has made a total investment of N$59,056,523= towards the league to run its affairs and for prize-monies.
But their agreement officially ended at the end of last season and will need renewal, otherwise the league start could be in jeopardy. Currently the NPL has no sponsorship despite the leadership of the NPL having set up the kick-off date while there is no start-up capital for the upcoming season.
During the MTC/NPL 2012/13 awards, Chairman of the NPL Johnny Doeseb said he was positive that MTC and NPL will continue with their relation even after the 2012/13 season. Doeseb still insists that MTC remains a priority as the main sponsor for the NPL and the first divisions.
“As you might recall, our current sponsorship agreement came to end by the 2012/13 season and negotiations are at an advanced stage to conclude a new sponsorship deal for a minimum of three years. It’s still the same. I am 100% convinced that we will put pen to paper soon. Yes of course, but for now MTC is plan A, B, and C. We are very confident that things will go our way for the benefit of the first division, in relation to the new Sponsorship proposal. Yes, as you right fully said the current fixtures are only a draft one hence we will pronounce our self after the AGM set for 7 September 2013,” said Doeseb.
Despite the confidence by Doeseb, MTC did not appear too optimistic, as
John Ekongo only saying that discussions on a new deal are still ongoing between the two parties. He did not want to elaborate further on the matter. The 2012/13 football season will go down in Namibian sports history as the most excited and closest league title ever, as it had to be decided on the last day.
Doeseb also said the NPL League Cup that was introduced last season and won by African Stars will still take place this August and that the NPL is looking at introducing more domestic cup competitions.