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MTC doubles kit sponsorship

Chairman of the NPL Johny Doëseb (left) with MTC’s Tim Ekandjo at the launch of the Kit. (Photograph by Musa Carter)

Chairman of the NPL Johny Doëseb (left) with MTC’s Tim Ekandjo at the launch of the Kit. (Photograph by Musa Carter)

Mobile telecommunications company MTC this week launched an improved kit sponsorship for nine of the 12 teams plying their trade in the Namibian Premier League.
The kit sponsorship valued at N$700,000 include kits for the 32 teams playing in the first division league as well as the attire for referees. The value of this year’s sponsorship is double the N$350,000 that the country’s biggest sports benefactor spent last year.

Speaking during a handover ceremony, MTC’s Chief Human Capital & Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo said the sponsorship, which include home and away playing jerseys for the nine NPL teams, was done so as”to make sure Namibian soccer has a professional image.”
As with the previous kit launch, Ekandjo yet again pointed out a number of challenges which still hamper the development of the sport in the country, chief among them, the low turn out of spectators at matches.
“We cannot blame the NPL or the NFA for the low turn out, but I challenge the clubs themselves to encourage supporters to come,” he said.
Ekandjo said government should invest in sports and make Namibia visible in all sporting disciplines.
He also took the opportunity to reveal that MTC will sponsor N$200,000 each to Black Africa and African Stars, the country’s two representatives in the African Champions League and the Confederations Cup respectively.
Chairman of the NPL, Johny Doëseb expressed his gratitude to MTC for the company’s continued support. Doëseb also revealed that the 2014/15 season will see the number of teams playing in the country’s elite league increase from the current 12 to 16.

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