By John Tuerijama
AN ultimatum by Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) to the Namibia Premier League (NPL) to find an additional sponsor before end of July this year seems to have caught club bosses unawares, giving the impression that there might have been no consultation when the decision was taken.
MTC announced this week that it was prepared to enter into a new sponsorship agreement with the NPL, provided that the league secured a second sponsor within a month. MTC said it was willing to put in N$15 million every year for three years but that the NPL needed to get a company or companies that would sponsor an additional N$9 million.
MTC however also directed that the new sponsor, whichever company it may be, should not be in direct competition with the telecommunications giant, thus effectively ruling out Telecom Namibia as a co-sponsor.
The ultimatum has sent shockwaves through the football fraternity, with some labelling it as selfish and draconian while others lauded it as an opportunity for the NPL to get up and source sponsorship.
In fact, pundits advanced the view that MTC has all along been calling on the NPL to find another sponsorship but the league administrators have been resting on their laurels until the eleventh hour.
While the debate is raging, some club officials have indicated that they were not aware of MTC’s ultimatum until it was reported in the social, print and electronic media.
Black Africa owner, Ranga Haikali said he did not receive any communication from the NPL regarding the conditions by MTC but he stated that any sponsor would only come on board if they were guaranteed exposure.
Blue Waters, team manager, Tostao Imbili described the news as shocking. “Why is MTC bullying us? I am so disappointed. I mean, NPL was supposed to have a Plan B now they got a bombshell and everything is in limbo. This is not the first time MTC is threatening the NPL. They should know that we are also buying their products and they should not bully us like that,” warned Imbili.
UNAM Football Club board member, Evaristus Evaristus, said his club was aware of the condition but was doubtful whether NPL will be able to get an additional sponsor by end of July.
In the meantime, Confidente Sport has learned that several clubs have started having meetings to develop a counter proposal to what MTC has put on the table. It is also understood that some officials of NPL clubs want to bypass the NPL leadership and directly negotiate for sponsorship with identified companies.
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