NPFL explains N$10K cut

05 May 2021 | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa



WINDHOEK

Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) director Mabos Vries has leapt to the defence of the N$90 000 the league disbursed to clubs for the month of May.

It is alleged that several clubs were caught by surprise this month when their monthly grants were reduced by N$10 000.

The league had initially promised to give the 12 clubs N$100 000 per month for four months, totalling N$4.8 million.

“I see the story is doing rounds on WhatsApp that we did not pay the full amounts to the clubs. The N$10 000 that was deducted is what we call a subscription fee in order for the clubs to be in good standing with the league.

“There is nothing unusual from our side here and I believe that all clubs were made aware of this and also agreed to the league’s decision when we held a meeting,” Vries said.

Wise spending

He also justified the N$100 000 they give the clubs each month, saying the funds are meant to help the clubs operate during these difficult times.

“We have to understand that the previous league operated with a budget of N$20 million a season because they had a sponsor.

“We do not have that N$20 million at the moment and that is why it is important we use what is at our disposal wisely,” Vries said.

The NFPL currently operates without a sponsor and the money comes from the Namibia Football Association (NFA).

A source said the 2021/2022 season will only be possible if the league finds a sponsor.

Crucial

“The NFA is currently spending Covid-19 grants on the league and with the current cost per month, I do not think it will be possible for the NFA to continue funding the league after the transitional period ends.

“I am sure that the association and the league director are well aware of the situation and that they need that sponsor to keep this NPFL alive after the transitional period ends,” the source said.

Vries has, however, assured that they are doing all they can to secure a lucrative sponsor.

He believes the fact that the matches are being broadcasted live on Namibia Media Holdings’ social media platforms has already added value to the football brand and could be crucial when approaching sponsors.

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