The Namibia Premier League (NPL) has denied reports by the New Era newspaper that former sponsor MTCF has made a U-turn and has resolved to sponsor the league.
A media release by NPL on Tuesday read that NPL repudiate the article published in the New Era newspaper, dated 31st October 2016, headlined: BREAKING NEWS: NPL could resume this weekend, in the strongest possible terms.
NPL Marketing and Communication Head, Cassius Moetie, said in a statement ithat:“We were all perplexed by the one-sided and unbalanced story which does not reflect any effort by the newspaper to gauge the views of the NPL and verify the authenticity of the rumour mongered by the New Era’s informant.”
Moetie mentioned that the article went as far as stating in its headline that the League could resume this weekend and further alleged that Government struck a deal with the NPL for a bailout; “while we have all heard the Finance Minister reshuffling the National Budget and chopping it with N$5 Billion Dollars due to the constraints of finances.
Moetie said:” We will be thrilled with such a financial bailout; and even more so when it comes from our Government that has been doing exceptionally well, under the tough economic conditions.”
He reminded the public, especially the Namibian football enthusiasts that the tradition and culture of the NPL as far as its communication strategy is concerned is one of proactively sharing of information. “And if there were any such developments that we, in the NPL, were aware of, the League Office would have convened a media conference inviting all media houses to break such good news.
“Why would we hold on to great and positive news if the media exert constant pressure on us, in the NPL, and while certain sectors of the public accuses us in the leadership of the League for having failed football?, Moetie questioned. If the article published in the New Era holds any substance, the Management Committee and Board of Governors of the NPL were not aware of the so-called deal the Government struck with the NPL for MTC to come back on board as a football sponsor.
What is the value of the deal? And for how long is the sponsorship? And what are the terms and conditions for the sponsor and sponsored? And when will this deal be penciled for the sake of openness and transparency, asked Moetie.
“Once we in the NPL are officially engaged and informed about these developments, Namibia will be informed properly and appropriately without any further delay of such good news. Rest assured, the Management Committee of the NPL is leaving no stone unturned in constantly knocking at the doors of the private sector and public enterprises; and we are optimistic that someone will see the value of our noble intensions wishing to associate its brand with that of the NPL,” he said.
He said they are aware that the NPL brand suffered unnecessary pain of late and we appeal for calm and patience from the entire value-chain of football and request for accurate and ethical journalism, especially on matters of football while they talk to potential sponsors on a daily basis.
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