15 Feb 2015 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 15 FEB (NAMPA) Rundu based North-East First Division (NEFD) outfit Rundu Chiefs Football Club (FC) on Friday received sports equipment sponsorship to the tune of N.dollars 100 000 from Distell Namibia.
Distell is a multinational brewing and beverage company.
It is one of Africas leading producers and marketer of spirits, fine wines, ciders and ready-to-drinks.
The Namibian brand's sponsorship includes caps, football jerseys, balls, bags and water bottles.
The sponsorship was a once-off, but Rundu Chiefs officials told this agency Distell Namibia will extend their partnership depending on how the club performs in the league.
The Football Club will now be called Richelieu Rundu Chiefs (RRC)
Rundu Chiefs finished the first of the NEFD league on 25 points after 11 games in a 12 teams league.
Chief Santos is second on 20 points.
The second leg is expected to kick-off on the weekend of 21-22 February.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, Gerhard Landsberg, Distell Namibia Sales Manager said they entered into a partnership with Rundu Chiefs as part of their social responsibility and a way of show casing their product.
Rundu Chiefs have a lot of supporters and they are the right club to help take our brand out there in Rundu, and this is a good way to help bring the brand to the people because of the huge following they have, said Landsberg.
Rundu Chiefs Public Relations Officer (PRO) Thomas Shapi, said they have been waiting for such a sponsorship for a long time.
This sponsorship will help boost our players morals for the job they are currently doing on the football fields, and with such a sponsorship we will make sure to win the league in the first division and get promoted to the Premier League, stated Shapi.
Shapi added that if the team gets promoted to Namibias elite league next season, they will look at ways on how Distell Namibia can continue with their relationship.
At the moment we are in a good relationship with Distell Namibia and we are going to advertise their products in whatever way we can in Rundu, while they will also help us maintain our club house in whatever way they can.
'We are also hopeful that if we get back to the premier league next season they will be on board to help fund the club, he said.