30 Nov 2018 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 30 NOV (NAMPA) African Stars Football Club has called on corporate Namibia to help local footballers who participate in continental and international competitions with financial resources.
This call was made by the executive director of the club and head of delegation on their recent trip to Comoros, Salomo Hei during a media briefing at Football House in Windhoek on Friday.
We are currently engaged with various corporate companies whom we have sent proposals. We are also looking at the loyal football brands of First National Bank and MTC to see if they can assist, even though they have committed to sponsoring the league, Hei said.
A few years back, the Namibia Premier League through its sponsor MTC gave African Stars and Black Africa N.dollars 500 000 when the two teams participated in the continental competitions.
Hei added that in their first match for the 2018/19 Confederation of African Football Champions League, they spent close to N.dollars 700 000 and costs are still rising as they prepare for the second leg.
He also revealed that there are companies that have heeded the call for sponsorship such as Metropolitan and Nashua.
When you are playing in Africa, there is also an element of representing the country. While we are thanking those that are already sponsoring, we are also calling on others to come on board, he added.
Hei refused to reveal how much these companies have contributed, saying Metropolitan have planned a media conference for Monday to reveal how much they are committing.
He questioned why companies that have footprints in both South Africa and Namibia continue to ignore local clubs, but provide the South African clubs with millions of Rands.
One of the sponsorship deals is Ford and Caltex. They sponsor our potential opponents in the second round - Orlando Pirates of South Africa - and they have business here. What are they doing to come to the party to assist African Stars, Hei asked.
He noted that the call for corporate sponsorship is not meant only for African Stars, but for all other clubs that will in future participate in any continental competition.
African Stars played to a 0-0 draw with Volcan Club Moroni of Comoros in the first leg of the 2018/19 African Champions League, with the return leg of the preliminary rounds set for he Sam Nujoma Stadium on 04 December.