THE uncertainty that clouded the Buddie Premier Soccer League since the onset of the season seems to have cleared with the league’s new sponsor, Econet Wireless, yesterday saying it was
happy with the compromise reached by the protagonists in the sponsorship wrangle.
Econet a fortnight ago agreed to have defending champions Caps United play in the league despite being sponsored by its chief rival, Net*One.
Speaking to IndependentSport from South Africa yesterday, Econet’s media and communications manager Sure Chimbga-Kamhunga said the mobile telecommunications giant was “naturally satisfied” with the decision reached that Caps be allowed to wear the Net*One logo, but the Harare side would forfeit monetary rewards to charity should they win the championship or any individual player accolades.
“As sponsor, we hoped for a lasting and mutual beneficial resolution to the issue and that is what we came out with,” said Chimbga-Kamhunga.
Econet once again gave the thumbs up to the PSL management committee for the way the league has been run so far.
“We have stated before our satisfaction with the professional way the PSL is administering the league which we hope will continue in years to come,” he said.
Econet’s latest assurance comes after the company last month threatened to withdraw its $2 billion sponsorship of the league due to the wrangle it said was dragging its “good name into disrepute”. The company felt it needed to get maximum mileage from for its sponsorship of the league and the involvement of a rival company would not bode well for Econet’s aspirations.