By John Tuerijama
THE Namibia Premier League season will in most likelihood not kick off on September 16 as was originally intended due to failure to secure sponsorship.
The league’s administrator, Tovey Hoebeb, confirmed that despite efforts to lure corporates into the football fold, nothing concrete has yet come of those efforts.
The league was thrown into turmoil when former sponsor, MTC, announced that it would not enter into a new sponsorship agreement, after the previous three-year contract ran out.
“We have not gotten the N$24 million to have the league started and we will therefore have to postpone the kick off date until further notice,” said Hoebeb, who added that the new starting date will depend on when and if a sponsor will be secured.
“I appeal to the corporate world to come on board and rescue the country’s number one sport. We have also written letters to the local banking sector but have not received any positive feedback,” he revealed.
Hoebeb said players will be negatively affected if no sponsor is secured as football is their main means of survival.
He was however optimistic that something positive will come from their efforts, as he also called on football lovers not to despair.
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