MTC gives an ultimatum to seek other sponsors

By Kavii Vezemburuka

Yesterday, the Namibia Premier League's long-time sponsor MTC gave the league organizers an ultimatum to get additional funding before the 31th of July or risk losing them as a league sponsor altogether.

The Namibia Premier League organizers handed a proposal to MTC, saying they are in need of 23 million Namibia dollar to run its affairs during the upcoming season, which starts in August.

The 23 million include an increase in monthly grants, prize monies, award ceremony and the appointment of a full-time Chief Operating Officer and a Referees Coordinator.

In response to NPL's proposal, MTC agreed to enter into a new agreement worth 15 million Namibia dollar over annual sponsorship for three years, on condition that the league find an additional sponsor that will cover the 9 million dollar deficit.

Other conditions have also been laid out.

“The NPL must ensure that the additional sponsor is not in direct competition with MTC. They must also ensure that MTC maintains naming rights of the league and have its logo on the chest of all NPL teams,” said Ekandjo in his capacity as MTC’s Chief Corporate Officer.

NPL Chairman Johny Doeseb hopes that the league will make sufficient efforts to secure the additional sponsor before the deadline.

“I hope that we as the League (NPL) will make sufficient efforts to secure the additional sponsor before the deadline, which is on 31st of July,” said Doeseb, the League Chairman.

A joint press conference between MTC and NPL will take place on the 8th of August. It will then be revealed whether the league managed to secure additional sponsorship.

At the occasion, Ekandjo heaped praise on NBC for the successful production of the COSAFA Castle Cup.