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Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Rugby Administration: Good news in pipeline for Border Rugby

Source: The Daily Dispatch

Official announcement of new sponsor expected on Wednesday

THE CASH-STRAPPED Border Rugby Football Union (BRFU) is on the brink of announcing a multi-million sponsorship from a major South African airline company this week.

The Daily Dispatch yesterday established that the union will make the official announcement by Wednesday this week which will mark a new era and relationship with the new sponsors.

The union is currently in the red with debt estimated to be more than R3 million.

The debt was incurred during last season's disastrous spell which saw former CEO Janice Ingram handing in her resignation amid allegations of mismanagement.

At the BRFU's annual general meeting (AGM) at the Absa Stadium in East London yesterday, it was announced that the financial statements of the union will be unveiled once the audit, currently in progress, is finalised.

Although the BRFU general manager Leon Botha preferred to remain mum on the sponsorship issue, it is understood the deal has already been done and sealed between the two parties.

"I cannot confirm nor deny it. But all I can say is that we will inform the media if anything like that happens," Botha said yesterday.

"At this stage, it is difficult to comment."

The figures of the deal have not been revealed but a close source informed the Dispatch that the sponsorship is sure to come as a huge relief to Border Rugby which has been riddled with allegations of financial mismanagement, corruption and negative publicity.

During the AGM it was also revealed that Border Rugby's books were not up to date prior to Ingram's resignation.

In their attempt to tighten the belt, Border Rugby agreed to combine some posts and reduce salaries among the team management of the Border Bulldogs team.

Meanwhile, in an unprecedented move in Border rugby history, no president for the BRU was elected at yesterday's AGM after the Grahamstown High Court recommended the post of president, deputy-president and schools sports executive be frozen pending the court case.

This meant only six position were up for grabs.

Nqamakwe FC's Sakhumzi Manakaza, who was elected as the vice-president of the new executive said his executive was committed to bringing change at Border Rugby.

He appealed to the public to support Border during these turbulent times.

Other executive members are: Renier van Staden as Premier League representative, Sipho Suntu, representative of the sub-unions, Mathews Sohopu, representative of First Division clubs, Nomfundiso Nyawumbi, representing women's rugby and Fred Darke, representing referees.
Not everybody gets a second chance in life.
Lets hope they don't screw up again.
And that the culprits gets proper
I have my fears on both counts, Boertjie.  
Unfortunately for Eeatern Cape sports lovers we read this news from the Herald at the same time.

Now, to my mind, in this day and age, a sponsorship of R1m to R2.5m is small beer and just goes to show how irrelevant cricket is making itself from its halcyon days.

If we don't guard against it, there is no reason rugby cannot follow. It is up to the fans to keep the pressure on the administrators to run a clean game and cut the fat.

Warriors still searching for a sponsor

By Derrick Spies

THE Eastern Cape professional cricket franchise, the Warriors, is still searching for a sponsor after DaimlerChrysler withdrew its support as a result of the team’s plans to relocate its head office to Port Elizabeth.

DCSA recently announced that it would withdraw its two-year sponsorship of the Warriors when the headquarters of the franchise moved to Port Elizabeth at the end of the current cricket season – after giving a warning last year that it was likely to cut back on the sponsorship should the move take place.

Eastern Province Cricket chief executive Dave Emslie said he was positive the team would secure a sponsor before the next cricket season, despite the dismal performance of the Warriors when they lost to the Eagles by 110 runs last Wednesday, with a score of 65 all out in 13,5 overs.

“Obtaining a sponsorship for a professional team takes time, but I am confident that what we have to offer will attract the right kind of investment,” he said.

Emslie said EP Cricket had approached research house BMI in Johannesburg to evaluate the market value of a sponsorship for the team.

“Based on the professional evaluation from BMI, we are looking for a sponsorship of R1,5-million for the team and a further R1-million for the high-performance development programmes,” he said.

Emslie said the value of the sponsorship was equivalent to the brand exposure the company would receive. “We have approached two marketing agents in Johannesburg to assist us and they have identified a group of potential sponsors. So far the feedback has been positive, with a number of companies showing a passing interest and some being even more interested,” he said.

“Ideally we’re looking for an on-going partnership between cricket in the area and a top sponsor,” he said.

All is not doom and gloom for the amateur arm of Border Cricket. The motor giant is still prepared to sponsor amateur cricket in the Border region, as well as the Border Cricket Academy which is run from Mercedes-Benz Park in East London between April and September each year.

“We will continue sponsoring development projects,” confirmed Annelise van der Laan of DCSA’s head office in Pretoria.

Border Cricket CEO Temba Lupuwana said he was waiting for an announcement from DCSA in which the full extent of their sponsorship for future seasons would be spelt out.

He could not say if senior players would still be given sponsored vehicles from Mercedes-Benz.

Border Cricket is also waiting to hear whether DCSA will renew the naming rights to Mercedes-Benz Park.

Additional reporting by Sapa
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Sponsors wants exposure.
I wonder how many prople still watch the 3-day game, even on TV. The game definetely suffered from the overdose of tests, onedayers, 20/20 and the local pajama version.
I cannot see it recovering. We simply have too many teams and so-called first class players as well.
The golden goose is laying square, unbaked bricks.
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