SAFA agrees Motsepe sponsorship

4 March 2014 |
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has agreed a five-year sponsorship deal with the Motsepe Foundation.

The charitable foundation, which focuses on a range of social issues from women and economic empowerment to youth and sport, will become the naming rights sponsor of South Africa’s second-tier soccer league. As such, the division will now be known as the ABC Motsepe League.

The competition will carry a R$1 million (US$92,000) prize purse, R$200,000 of which will be invested in youth development.

The move came after SAFA appealed for a youth development partner. As part of the tie-up, the Motsepe Foundation has placed an age restriction on the league, which will see a maximum of six U21 players included per team for each game.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), meanwhile, has agreed a deal with SAFA which will see the network televise highlight packages from the second division’s playoffs, while the final will be broadcast live.

SAFA’s president Danny Jordaan said: "This is a great boost for South African football and we want to thank the Motsepe Foundation for their consistency in supporting grassroots development which is the most important sector of football.

"The second division is the last leg before teams progress into the professional ranks and it is therefore SAFA’s responsibility to make sure teams are financially viable as well as have proper developmental structures."

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