PstBet revives NFA Cup

GAME ON … (From left) NFA vice president Markus Mars, Pstbet ceo Steven Amunyela, NFA president Robert Shimooshili and PstBet co-founder Nelly Heita Photo: Sheefeni Nikodemus

Namibia Football Association president Robert Shimooshili has lauded PstBet for “investing in the nation” after agreeing to a lucrative one-year N$6-million sponsorship deal to resuscitate the FA Cup on Friday.

Now known as the PstBet NFA Cup, the tournament will for the first time include a women’s section, a notable milestone.

Further details of the agreement will be disclosed when the competition is launched.

“Today, we witness a very historical moment as we sign a partnership agreement with PstBet to the tune of N$6 million.

“These people need to be appreciated for accepting our call when we were looking around for sponsorship to ensure that our competitions are active,” Shimooshili said.

“We are proud of you and are delighted to be associated with you. We look forward to being associated with you for many years to come.

“The example which you set today is a clear testimony that you mean business. You showed that you are invested into the society. By doing this, the entire country will benefit from this.

“We thank your wholeheartedly for investing into the nation,” said Shimooshili.

PstBet chief executive Steven Hamunyela said his company was honoured to be backing “the biggest football tournament in the country”, which will see over 200 clubs participating.

The deal was ironed out on the sidelines of the recent Africa Cup of Nations where both parties were present to “learn from the organisers”.

The FA Cup is the latest sport event to be added to the betting company’s growing sponsorship portfolio.

It includes each of the 14 annual governor’s cup competitions; Debmarine Namibia Premiership clubs Eeshoke Chula Chula and Khomas Nampol; and co-sponsoring the MTC Sunshine Boxing Academy.

“It is indeed true that sport has the power to inspire and unite people, and importantly change the world.

“The game of football does not only unite and inspire, but it also brings development that creates much needed jobs,” Hamuyela said.

“PstBet believes in creating this magic. We are extremely proud of this investment. Because we recognise that we have a role to play when it comes to Namibian sport and we certainly want to see more corporates doing so willingly.

“We have entered into a one year agreement with the NFA, with the hope of extending it for many more years.

“We will no longer just witness the men in action, but we have also incorporated the women to be part of the NFA Cup.”

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