One-stream National First Division sponsor
Posted: 6 December 2010 Time: 1:26 pm
The PSL are set to end their long search for a sponsor for the National First Division (NFD) ahead of the 2011/12 season.
The second tier of South African football has not had a sponsor since the Mvelapanda Group ended their tenure after the 2006/07 season, seriously prohibiting the investment that was desperately needed in the competition. But two separate potential sponsors are in discussion with the League to back the NFD next season, which is to be merged into a single League, doing away with the Coastal and Inland Streams. The Board of Governors has approved a 16-team League that will carry prize-money and also have its own knockout competition, which is also set to be sponsored. The NFD will be made up next season of one, possibly two, relegated teams from the PSL and two promoted sides from the Vodacom League which is the third tier of football in South Africa, plus the bulk of the NFD campaigners from the current campaign. The teams recently received a R50 000 monthly increase in their grant money but it is still less than 20 percent of what the PSL clubs get every month as their share of the television and marketing revenue. The 16 top-flight teams are paid R1,03-million per month while the NFD clubs get R200 000 monthly. The League, however, pays for all the travel of the NFD clubs, but does not do so for the PSL teams. In the new season, it is planned to continue footing the travel and accommodation bill for clubs in the second-tier. Selwyn van Wyk, who has been working as the League’s chief accountant, is to be appointed as administrator of the League.