MTC cut ties with Namibia Premier League

22 Aug 2016 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) on Monday announced it has terminated its 14-years sponsorship of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) after the league failed to meet goals set by MTC.
In June this year, MTC gave the NPL until 31 July 2016 to look for an additional sponsor or risk losing the N.dollars 15 million per season sponsorship from MTC , and N.dollars 45 million for three years earmarked for the league.
The previous three-year contract between MTC and the NPL expired in May 2016.
The NPL tabled a proposal of N.dollars 23 million sponsorship per season, which includes the First Division but MTC was only willing to sponsor N.dollars 15 million yearly, on condition that the NPL sources the remaining N.dollars 9 million elsewhere.
The conditions MTC gave to the NPL on sourcing another sponsor were that the other sponsor should not be in direct competition with MTC; MTC will retain the naming rights of the league; and in case the NPL fails to get a sponsor by 31 July, which was later moved to 22 August, MTC will automatically withdraw their offer.
At a media briefing held in the capital on Monday, MTC Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo said they have decided not to renew their conditional commitment of N.dollars 15 million after the NPL failed to secure another sponsor.
“This move now formally means that MTC will officially not renew its partnership with the NPL. We wish to assure the public that MTC will remain a credible and enthusiastic partner not just of football but sports in Namibia. Our intention is to reinvest all funds meant for the NPL in other sports codes,” he said.
He said sports codes sponsored by MTC should not have expectations of the company becoming a lifetime sponsor.
“We sign a three year agreement and decide to renew them on merit. There should therefore be no lifetime expectations because the need for sport funding in the country is great and the sports fraternity naturally looks in MTC’s direction for assistance,” said Ekandjo.
NPL Chairperson Johnny Doeseb promised that despite MTC withdrawing its contract, they are still hopeful of the league starting in September.
“We are still looking for funds and we spoke to the Ministry of Sport Youth and National Service to assist with sponsorship and they said our request was not budgeted for, as they don’t have reserves but they will make a provision with the Ministry of Finance,” said Doeseb.