NPL still eyeing for sponsorship in 2017
The Namibia Premier League's struggle to bag a big sponsorship to kick-start the season has spilled over into the new year (2017), with no hope in sight yet.
As the say in politics, the struggle continues, the country's elite league, NPL, is finding itself in the same situation as last year and continues to look for sponsorships to get the ball rolling.
So far the league has only secured a single sponsor of 3-million per season for three years, a far cry from the needed 21 million for one season.
Speaking on NBC's Good Morning Namibia Television Show this week, NPL's Marketing Manager Cassius Moeti said the search for sponsorships will continue until a deal is signed.
“We only have 3-million, but we still need a whopping 18-million to reach our target of 21-million to run the new league season smoothly. If miracles can happen we are ready to kick-off in February as we promised, and complete it in November,” said Moeti.
The current state of affairs is a serious concern for football fraternity in the country as it has left players not game ready and without any salary.
As a result most of the NPL teams have stopped paying their players as their coffers have run dry since MTC pulled the plug on the league.
The NPL will now host an Extra-Ordinary AGM early next month where a decision on the road ahead will be taken, but despite that Moeti said there is a prospect that the long wait for a sponsorship might come to an end, before that.
On the call for current football officials to resign and pave the way for new faces, Moeti said people are quick at judging.
“Even we ask for those to replace us to come to the fore, they don’t do that. We are doing this without any pay, just for the love of the game. We have been long in the game, and I don’t believe there are people out there that will sacrifice their time to football as we, “ Moeti concluded.
The league which could not start within its normal calendar year of August to May is now likely to see the light of the day in a new calendar year expected to kick-off in February to November in case a sponsor is found as set by the NFA as the game's custodian in the country in consultation with the world football governing body, FIFA.