Robert Marawa Voices Unhappiness over Failed Swallows FC Sponsorship Deal

Robert Marawa Voices Unhappiness over Failed Swallows FC Sponsorship Deal

- Veteran sports broadcaster Robert Marawa has voiced his views regarding the failed sponsorship deal for Moroka Swallows FC

- Media reports indicate that the PSL has intervened to deny Swallows a deal with Telkom as it will clash with MultiChoice and MTN

- Following the reports, many of the fans are of the view that Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are getting an unfair advantage over teams such as Swallows

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Well-known South African sports broadcaster Robert Marawa has weighed in on the reported saga involving the Premier Soccer League and Swallows FC.

The latest news reports suggest that the Dube Birds were denied an opportunity to land a major sponsorship deal with Telkom.

According to TimesLive, the league’s governing body won't allow the Soweto side to seal the deal as it sees the telephone communications company as being in conflict with the agreements it has with two of its major sponsors, MultiChoice and MTN.

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Swallows FC have been reportedly denied a sponsorship deal by the PSL. Image: @MorokaSwallows/Twitter
Swallows FC have been reportedly denied a sponsorship deal by the PSL. Image: @MorokaSwallows/Twitter
Source: Twitter

It is reported that the PSL has argued that MultiChoice and MTN are also in the telecommunications sector.

The Johannesburg-based publication further reports that the PSL allegedly defended the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates deals with Vodafone on the grounds that only sponsorships were already in place when it secured the MultiChoice and MTN deals are excluded from the exclusivity granted to the league sponsors. Said Marawa:

“Swallows FC have every right to this sponsorship."

Although a number of football fans are in favour of the decision by the PSL, many have agreed with the radio broadcaster.

Looking at the social media comments and reactions from Marawa’s timeline, many of the fans argue that the Parktown-based governing body is unfairly treating some of the clubs.

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@Mabeeza_GP said:

“It’s selfishness. Swallows leadership must fight this, with everything they have. Some of us are not that surprised anyway, we shouldn’t have kept quiet when the pre-season charity tournament was stopped...”

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@INRapoo said:

“Only in football would you find such madness and we wonder why our players remain poor and clubs get sold like it's a spaza shop. The Sharks got CellC sponsorship while Vodacom was the Super Rugby sponsor.”

@YFD505 said:

“Pirates and Chiefs can have Vodacom as a sponsor and this is not in conflict with MTN and MultiChoice?”

@Nazeem_G8 said:

“No man this is wrong, every team has a right to a sponsor whether it's telecommunications or other companies, Dr Irvin Khoza & Bra Kaizer must not be dictators of the league this absolutely madness @Moroka_Swallows.”

In other sports news, Briefly News reported that Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has shared a statement after taking time out to get vaccinated against Covid-19 on Monday.

The Premier Soccer League chairman said there should be no questions about the efficacy of the vaccines.

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