NFA, DebMarine sign three-year sponsorship deal

08 Dec 2016 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 08 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibia Football Association (NFA) and DebMarine on Wednesday signed a three-year sponsorship deal worth N.dollars 14.1 million that will see the NFA Cup make a comeback in February 2017.
At a signing ceremony in Windhoek, DebMarine Namibia Chief Executive Officer Otto Shikongo said his company wants to turn the “diamond dreams” of football players into reality.
“I can assure you that this sponsorship will not just benefit the winners, but will be spread wider,” he said.
He cautioned against the NFA misusing the sponsorship, saying they expect it to benefit the football players more than officials.
“When dealing with resources that belong to people, like we do at DebMarine, we expect you to maintain the highest levels of discipline and accountability,” he concluded.
NFA President Frans Mbidi noted that football is being hit hard by lack of financial resources, but the agreement of a deal with DebMarine represents a change of fortunes for the game in Namibia.
He said the DebMarine Namibia Cup, as the NFA Cup will now be known, is the only platform that sees the association’s 250 football clubs coming together to battle it out for the ultimate prize.
“This competition is an avenue for new exciting players to shine,” he said.
The 2017 edition of the DebMarine Namibia Cup will start in February with the elimination rounds in the first and second divisions, before the last 32 teams (including the 16 Namibia Premier League clubs) battle it out for further progression.
Meanwhile, NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro explained that each club from the Round of 32 will receive N.dollars 18 000 all the way to the final for preparations, while the overall winner will walk away with N.dollars 500 000.