Mobile Telecommunication (MTC) and Cricket Namibia (CN) have ended their sponsorship relationship after 10 years of doing business together.
MTC chief human capital and corporate affairs officer, Tim Ekandjo has just said, over the past decade, MTC had invested N$25m that saw CN collect some accolades from the International Cricket Council (ICC), such as the Best Development Programme in Africa.
Other achievements have been for the Best Junior Cricket Initiative and the Best Cricket Promotional and Marketing awards, not to mention the Team of the Year award CN received at the Namibia Sport Commission Sports Awards where Raymond van Schoor also won the Junior Sportsman of the Year award.
Ekandjo has said MTC feels time has come for other sport codes to gain financial support from it.
“Our developmental philosophy in sports is based on the premise that we are able to graduate sport codes from infancy to maturity and once they are able to stand on their own feet, we release them to go and continue serving the nation. It is now time to move on and give another sport code the same opportunity they enjoyed,” Ekandjo has just said.
Ekandjo has added MTC’s decision not to renew its sponsorships towards CN is based on the slow pace of the quota system that MTC had instructed CN to implement last year.
“There has not been full implementation of the agreement and this has not gone down well with MTC,” said Ekandjo.