MOBILE service provider, MTN Zambia has amended its sponsorship package to the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) for the 16 Premier Division teams and the national team to K2.4billion this year.
The sponsorship deal will see the Premier Division champions pocketing K250 million from the previous 100 million Kwacha, while runners-up will get K100 million, third place finishers will receive K50 million, the fourth-placed team will get K45 million in the package where awards have also been catered for.
Making the announcement at a Press briefing at Football House in Lusaka yesterday, MTN Zambia Senior Manager for Brand and Communication, Lenard Kawanu said the communication company is committed to supporting football in Zambia and that this year they have decided to do away with the challenges that characterised the controversy in the previous contract.
Kawanu said there is need to invest more in sports if Zambia was to experience a major feat like that saw the Chipolopolo win the 2012 AFCON tournament.
"As you know it's been six months since Zambia won the AFCON 2012 yet as a country we are still celebrating the victory that saw our Chipolopolo emerge as Champions despite many pundits tipping the likes of Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal as favourites.
"In this regard, I am pleased to announce that this year MTN and FAZ have agreed to disburse and make payments to the 16 Super League teams for each season," Kawanu added.
The fifth positioned team will receive K38 million, sixth K30 million, seventh positioned K18 million, eighth placed K15 million, ninth K12 million, 10th K10 million and K8 million for the rest of the teams.
The sponsorship will also see the footballer of the year walking away K25 million richer, top scorer K20 million, and the most disciplined player will receive K15 million, while the Young Player-of the-Year and the Coach-of the-Year will get K20 million Kwacha each with the best referee of the Year getting K15 million.
The total amount of money to be paid to the Super Division and awards is K700 million, while the balance of K500 million will go to FAZ for administrative purposes.
And FAZ vice-president Boniface Mwamelo thanked MTN Zambia for the gesture and has since called on other stakeholders to come on board and help with the sponsorship of lower leagues.
"We thank MTN for the gesture and as such we would like to appeal to other companies to emulate the mobile telecommunication company and assist in supporting the lower leagues," he said.