MOBILE Telecommunication (MTC) announced on Tuesday that it will give football bosses another chance to redeem themselves after ending sponsorship contract with the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
MTC Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer Tim Ekandjo said the company has officially ended its relationship with the NPL following its expulsion from the Namibia Football Association (NFA).
“However the company will revisit earlier decision and will give the NPL and the football leadership more time to get the league started,” he said.
Ekandjo noted that the COVID-19 has created a new reality for all. They urge the sober minded individuals within the larger football fraternity in Namibia to manage the conflict in a professional and orderly manner.
“We have taken into consideration the fact that there is a high expectation that the NPL and NFA leadership will consider the best interest of football, the players; and good governance,” Ekandjo said.
This decision is to allow the leadership of football time to manage the transition and facilitate an orderly process to finish the league. MTC however reserve all their rights in terms of their agreement with the NPL.
According to Ekandjo, MTC is committed to meet our obligations under the sponsorship to start the league before end of September 2020. MTC announce that they have not entered into discussions to sponsor any other football league and no such engagements were held in this regard.
The decision not to renew the NPL contract once it runs out at the end of this season remains intact.
“MTC has always been cognizant of the socio-economic impact of sponsoring sports. We remain committed to Namibian football and it is our wish that the deadlock currently ongoing in the football fraternity will soon come to an end,” said Ekandjo.
During March this year, MTC announced that it will not renew its relationship with the NPL once its three-year agreement comes to an end at the end of the season, but that it will continue to hold the NPL budget till the end of the MTC financial year, and should the league not resume before then, the NPL will forfeit its budget.