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NPL sponsorship quest continues

Fri, 20 January 2017 15:56
by Michael Uugwanga

The Namibian Premier League (NPL) is set to host its extraordinary Annual General Meeting (AGM) early next month to discuss its future.
This was confirmed by the league’s spokesperson, Cassius Moetie, after admitting that they have still not find a potential sponsors for this season.
He, however, noted that the NPL is already busy engaging with different potential sponsors but was reluctant to reveal their identities.
The new NPL was scheduled to start last year in August.
At this moment, the league only has only secured a commitment of N$9 million sponsorship from Groot System last year.
However, the amount is far from sufficient as the league will only be using N$3 million per year for three years, while it at least needs a total of N$24 million.
Meanwhile, former sponsor MTC, that has been sponsoring the NPL for the past 14 years, has put their relationship with the national league on hold for now after spending close to N$104 million until such time that the NPL finds an additional N$ 9million on top of the N$15 million that MTC are willing to give.
“We are busy speaking to potential sponsors and are hopeful there will come a Good Samaritan to save football. It is not only football that is affected but also entire families as some of the players have to pay school fees and buy uniforms for their children or family members. We will have the AGM in February, where we will discuss the future of the league,” said Moetie.
This will be the second time in the history of the NPL, just like in 1997, that there will be no football action in the country’s premier league.
The Brave Warriors, however, qualified for its maiden appearance at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) that was held in Burkina Faso in 1998 despite the lack of football action in the domestic league the previous season.
Beside the uncertainty regarding the future of the league, there was also a possibility that the country’s prestigious cup competition, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Cup, will also not to take place for a second year running.
However, Debmarine came to the rescue in December last year to become the sole sponsor for the cup for the next three years after it signed an N$14.1 million with the Namibian Football Association (NFA).
The cup, which will be known as the Debmarine NFA Cup, is set to start in February despite the future of the NPL being still in limbo.
Moetie said there is a possibility that the clubs will only be active in the cup competition for this season.
“I do not want to talk about the NFA Cup as it is not my judiciary,” said Moetie.
Tigers FC are the current champions of both the NPL and the NFA Cup, having won the league last year in May and the latter in June 2015.