Cape Town - Absa Premiership CEO Brand de Villiers has told Sport24 that
the financial problem facing the National First Division is because the
league is not marketable.
De Villiers said
that even when they look for sponsors for the second tier league, there are
just no takers willing to sponsor.
The NFD has not had
a sponsorship in place for eight years, since Mvelaphanda Holdings sponsored
the division from 2004 until 2007.
Two clubs who are
sure to feel the pinch are Moroka Swallows and AmaZulu who were relegated from
the PSL last season.
Without a sponsor
there is a huge difference in monthly grants with NFD clubs only receiving R300
000, while PSL clubs receive five times that amount.
"We agree that
it's tough to run the NFD because the league itself is hard to market," De Villiers told Sport24.
"Even on TV the
channels would rather televise the Absa Premiership and that's because
advertisers are more willing to advertise during PSL games than the NFD.
"But we are
working hard on improving the standard of the NFD in terms of finances."