Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza has dismissed as unfounded the suggestion that the National First Division (NFD) is neglected.
The NFD, the country's second tier league, has been without a sponsor for a while now since the departure of Mvelaphanda.
In contrast, the top tier Premiership that is backed by Absa also has no less than three sponsored kockout competitions – the MTN8, the Telkom Kncokout as well as the Nedbank Cup which includes all tiers of the local game, among them the NFD.
The league matches are divided in to four quarters which are worth R1,5 million for the club that finishes at the summit of the log for a particular quarter.
Three seasons ago, the PSL gave birth to a new reserve league knownn as the MultiChoice Diski Challenge. This weekend will see another innovation in the form of a knockout competition called the Diski Shield.
The elite league's reserves getting such financial backing has led to the generally held notion that the NFD is neglected.
Khoza disagrees: "It is not easy to get sponsors. Even big brands like Bafana Bafana struggles to get sponsors. The NFD is a good and strong league but it is not on TV which makes it difficult to attract sponsors. We are trying our level best to broadcast some of its matches. Sponsors want to benefit when they put their money into something,” Highlands Park are on the brink of gaining promotion. They need one point to clinch the title. Tomorrow (Saturday) they will come up against University of Pretoria at Makhulong Stadium.
“We are not neglecting the NFD. The league is active and strong. We are confident that something will come up in the near future,” Khoza stated.