MTC, the main sponsor of the Namibia Premier League (NPL, has given the league fourteen working days to resolve its current standoff with the FIFA Normalisation Committee or face the telecommunications giant pulling out of the NPL.
In a letter leaked to the media, MTC’s Tim Ekandjo addressed the letter to NPL’s Chief Executive Officer, Harald Fulle, where he stated that the dispute has brought about a negative brand reputation to the company.
“Given these developments, and the negative brand reputation concerns we highlighted in our previous correspondence, MTC hereby gives the NPL fourteen days to amicably resolve this standoff between itself and FIFA Normalisation Committee on all matters that are prohibiting the commencement of the league season, failure which MTC will reconsider its sponsorship and communicate such to the NPL,” reads the letter
The NPL and FIFA’s Normalisation Committee have been at loggerhead for the past few months over NPL’s inability to oblige with directive from FIFA not to relegate Civics and Orlando Pirates from the upcoming league due to their inactiveness of the First Division league.
The letter also stated that MTC “has taken note of the NPL’s suspension by the FIFA Normalisation Committee, which is worrisome.”
Currently, the NPL has resolved to kick off the league with only 13 clubs for the 2019/2020 season league.