By John Tuerijama
THE marriage between the Namibia Premier League and MTC is officially over. That much was confirmed after reports emerged that the two parties were still discussing the possibility of re-establishing sponsorship relations.
The Namibia Premier League was dealt a heavy blow a few months back when MTC announced that it was withdrawing its N$15 million per year sponsorship offer after the league failed to secure the additional N$9 million within a specified time. That has caused great confusion, resulting in football coming to a complete standstill in the country.
The NPL was sent on a hunt for sponsorships which have so far only garnered N$3 million from Groot Systems. That, however, is still not enough to get the league started.
In a quest to ease people’s frustrations, the NPL top dogs gave assurance that they were actively pursuing other sponsors, including the resuscitation of ties with their former sole benefactor, MTC.
However, that public pronouncement seems not to have gone down well with MTC, whose spokesperson, Tim Ekandjo stormed out of the blocks to pour cold water on any hint of talks.
Ekandjo confirmed to Confidente that MTC and NPL have officially parted ways.
“We parted ways with the NPL at the joint press conference held with the media six months ago. We therefore do not have any intentions of entertaining the discussion any further.”
He reiterated: “We were clear from the start, and with our conditions nothing has changed ever since.”
Despite not having an anchor sponsor, the NPL has set February 2017 as the kick off month for the new season after having secured the endorsement of the Namibia Football Association’s Congress last month to change the league season from August to May, to February to November.
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