The sponsorship will be for three years and is sanctioned to change on a yearly basis, depending on how many teams are partaking in the tournament.
The Vodacom Cup will be used as the team’s preparation for the upcoming Rugby World Cup that will be hosted in London (England) in September.
Basson added that the Vodacom Cup is no ‘child’s play’ and partaking in it will help the team in many ways.
“We selected a very youthful team for the Rugby World Cup, and I have no doubt that the team selected have what it takes to make sure that we have spectacular rugby to look forward to during the Vodacom Cup,” he stated.
Namibia qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup after ending top of their group at the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) tournament.
At theRugby World Cup, Namibia is in a group featuring New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia.
FNB Namibia Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sarel van Zyl said they decided to sponsor the national rugby team because they believe that it is their responsibility to help the team shine, thereby helping Namibia shine as well.
“Namibian players do not get the chance to compete and prepare professionally, so it is important that they get proper exposure in their preparation for the World Cup. We have agreed to support the Namibian side’s participation in the Vodacom Cup for a three year period,” he said.
Other associate sponsors are Air Namibia, Windhoek Draught and Paratus Telecom.
The Welwitschias will play the first game of the tournament on 6 March against Xerox Golden Lions, and then take on Steval Pumas on 13 March and the Down Touch Griffons on 27 March.
On 10 April they play the Blue Bulls and on 18 April they play the Limpopo Blue Bulls. On 1 May they play the Falcons and on 8 May they play the Leopards.
All the Welwitschias’ matches will be played at the Hage Geingob Rugby field in Windhoek.- Nampa