29 Jul 2014 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JUL (NAMPA) Four-time Namibia Premier League (NPL) winners Black Africa Football Club on Tuesday received a performance bonus of N.dollars 100 000 from First National Bank (FNB) Namibia.
Black Africa recently won the Mobile Telecommunications Limited/NPL 2013/2014 season.
FNB Namibia is the main sponsor of the Katutura-based club.
Speaking during the handing-over ceremony here, FNB Namibia Holdings Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ian Leyenaar said the company is proud to be associated with the Lions - as the club is affectionately known - because by winning the league for a fourth year in a row, they now share the same values as FNB.
Our new values are Im helpful, Im effective, Im ethical, Im innovative and Im accountable, and thank you Black Africa for being that value-adding partner.
I would fail in my duty if I do not acknowledge the fact that Black Africa and the other two clubs showed integrity by honouring the agreement with FNB, despite much pressure when the sponsorship arrangements between the NPL and its main sponsors changed, he stated.
The two clubs he was referring to are fellow Premier League clubs Eleven Arrows and Orlando Pirates.
Leyenaar added that it is not easy for a sponsor to continue investing large amounts of money into sports if the general economy is slow, and more so when sports in Namibia is still very much on an amateur level.
Let us not forget to acknowledge league sponsors such as Mobile Telecommunications Ltd (MTC) for their contribution to sports in the country.
I encourage other potential sponsors from the corporate fraternity in Namibia to consider investing in sports, both to help develop it and as a way to build your brand, he noted.
The top FNB official added that the bank annually spends N.dollars 6.5 million in sports contributions and for sports development, and this is not only by sponsorship of football, cricket and rugby premier league clubs, but also in the form of schools sports events such as the FNB Classic Clashes and the FNB Desert Dash.
Meanwhile, Black Africa players and supporters on Saturday held a victory drive with a two-trailer Scania truck though some streets of the Soweto and Dolam residential areas, parading their four trophies and eventually ending at the Katutura Youth Sports Complex, where they celebrated their dominance in Namibian football.