The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and FredRobie Concept Zambia have signed a partnership agreement that will see all participating teams at the National Division One playoffs walk home with K100,000 each.
The partnership would run for a period of five years with an option to extend, according to FAZ president Andrew Kamanga.
During the signing ceremony in Lusaka on Tuesday, Kamanga said through the partnership, the association would meet all costs associated with the playoffs including match organising, officiating fees, security and other related costs.
He was confident the sponsorship package would act as a huge incentive to a number of teams which usually face challenges in meeting the cost of transport and accommodation during playoffs.
“Under this partnership, FAZ will pay clubs which qualify for the playoffs a total sum of K100,000 as recognition for winning the league in their respective provinces. We hope that they can channel part of this money towards meeting their travel and accommodation during the playoffs,” Kamanga said.
He said FAZ had placed a high premium on developmental leagues that heavily tap into the local talents and it was for this reason that it was continuously looking to find sponsorship especially for the lower leagues that had been in dire need of finances for a long period of time.
FredRobie, Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Kasiya, described the agreement as a solidifier to the company’s commitment in the development and promotion of football in Zambia such as the National Division One playoffs.
Kasiya said the partnership would allow them to take on the responsibility of managing and mobilizing sponsorship for the Division One playoffs from 2024 and beyond.
“We strongly believe that sponsorship plays a pivotal role in the sustainability and advancement of football as seen in development industrialised countries,” he said.
Kasiya added that with the support to the partners, they would work tirelessly to secure sponsorship that would not only enhance the overall experience for players, officials, and spectators but also provide a solid platform for the Division One playoffs to thrive.
He said they would explore various avenues to maximise exposure and generate meaningful partnerships that will contribute to the long-term success of the Division One playoffs.
“We will take this partnership seriously and work hand in hand with FAZ to ensure the playoffs receive the attention, resources and management they rightfully deserve by engaging both the private and public sector players in the economy,” Kasiya said.
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