Some big clubs such as Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers and Civil Service (Civo) United say despite financial constraints due to the effects of Covid-19, their sponsorship is intact.
This comes in the wake of Be Forward Limited’s decision to cut Be Forward Wanderers sponsorship by 50 percent.
Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga said they are still enjoying sound sponsorship.
He said: “Nothing has changed as far as I know.”
Silver’s communications and marketing manager David Daniel Dauda also said they have not been affected in any way.
“As it stands, it has not affected our sponsorship yet.
“If there will be any developments, we will be communicated to by the sponsor,” he said.
On his part, Civo general secretary Ronald Chiwaula said: “As you might be aware, we are sponsored by government. Therefore, all the basic needs like salary are still intact.
“In short, we have not been affected as far as basic needs are concerned.”
Be Forward local sponsorship representative Mike Butao defended the move to cut Wanderers’ sponsorship on Friday, saying they have been hit hard by effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
He said: “Things are kind of rough in Japan at the moment as there are no ships coming in and out of that country, meaning no sale of cars until the situation improves.”
Be Forward bankrolls the Nomads to the tune of $200 000 (about K150 million) per annum and a 50 percent cut translates to K75 million.
Confirming the 50 percent cut on Thursday, Nomads’ chairperson Symon Sikwese said: “We are in a tight situation. We have been discussing with our sponsors and they are saying they have been hit heavily by Covid-19 which has affected their revenue and the issue is that our funding is going to be reduced by 50 percent.”
He called on the players and technical staff’s understanding as they explore ways to mitigate the situation.
Said Sikwese: “We are just hoping that they will understand the predicament in which we are because it’s not only about us, teams across the world have also been hit hard.”