Windhoek — Telecommunications giant MTC yesterday reaffirmed its commitment towards the development of local football, when it handed over playing gear worth N$350 000 to nine of the 12 MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) clubs.
Speaking at the handover ceremony yesterday, MTC Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo, said MTC is impressed with the progress the NPL has made so far, particularly in terms of the good administration it has put in place.
Ekandjo also pointed out a few challenges faced by the domestic football fraternity, including the lack of sponsors and poor match attendance of league games.
Ekandjo believes if additional sponsors could come on board, it would bolster the level of competition, and imbue the league with greater professionalism and quality, adding that co-branding is possible and any willing sponsor is always welcome to join hands with MTC.
On the issue of poor match attendance, NPL Chairman Johnny 'JJD' Doeseb admitted that it is an issue of great concern and a chronic headache for league administrators, but insisted they were working on ways to get spectators through the turnstiles again.
The NPL strongman urged clubs to acquire technical sponsorship deals and apparel and to entrench brand identity and uniformity. He added that such efforts could encourage potential sponsors to secure exclusive rights to operate vending stalls at stadiums, where supporters can purchase official club merchadise and memorabilia.