Azam Bakhresa has turned down Azam Tigers proposal to increase their annual sponsorship, the club has confirmed.
Some few months ago, Tigers said they had approached their sponsors to consider increasing the sponsorship from K6 million, arguing that the figure does not tally with the tough economic conditions prevailing in the country.
While the company has refused to comment on the matter, Tigers technical director Robin Alufandika said their push to have the funding increased has not yielded anything.
“Our sponsor has not effected any adjustments because they say they cannot manage to go beyond what they give us,” he said in an interview.
Alufandika said they would be willing to partner with other sponsors.
“Right now we are relying on well-wishers to supplement with what we get from Azam. We would not hesitate if another company has a better package and is willing to use our team to be their marketing vehicle,” he said.
Tigers, one of the oldest clubs in the country, says it spends over K20 million to finish a season.
Meanwhile, Azam chief executive officer Mahesh Josyabhatla refused to comment on the matter: “I will not say anything to the media. I can only discuss this issue with Tigers officials.”
Tigers request for sponsorship hike comes as Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets signed lucrative sponsorship deals. n