24 June 2022 – As the Inqaku kit sponsorship promotion continues to gather momentum, many SAFA-affiliated grassroots clubs have spoken highly of the initiative.
In partnership with SAFA, Inqaku launched a free kit drive for MYSAFA-registered clubs, together with the first funeral policy developed exclusively for the amateur football community – a move intended to uplift SAFA clubs and players alike.
Among those impressed by Inqaku’s programme is Sboniso Cele, co-owner of Porto FC in Ray Nkonyeni LFA in Ugu Region, KZN. Cele says not only was the kit from Inqaku of great quality but the entire team’s fortunes on the pitch had improved after receiving the kit.
‘It’s high quality and the fabric stands out. We have used this kit for some time yet it still looks new,” said Cele. “Even our fans want to buy the jerseys! A lot of clubs we play against have also been enquiring about our kit and we have been telling them to get in touch with Inqaku through MYSAFA.’’
“[Inqaku’s] programme is highly beneficial because getting a sponsor in this tough economic environment is not easy,” concluded the Porto FC boss.
Cele’s sentiments were echoed by Emmanuel Khumalo, owner and CEO of Real Punishers FC in Durban Central LFA in eThekwini Region, who also praised the quality of the kit as well as the promotion’s other benefits.
‘’In the past we have seen some of our members buried like paupers because they didn’t have a funeral policy. We hope such sad outcomes will now be a thing of the past,” said Khumalo. ‘’We are a team from the township and it is a tall order to get sponsorship. Inqaku has made things very easy for amateur football clubs. I would like to encourage other clubs to get in touch with Inqaku and get the ball rolling. They have brought smiles among amateur clubs, knowing we have not been left behind.’’
Thokoza FC team manager Nqobani Shabalala from Isipingo LFA in eThekwini is another grateful beneficiary, explaining how easy it was to qualify for the kit.
“It wasn’t difficult at all. We approached players’ parents to get on board,” Shabalala said. “The application process was very easy and the processing was quite fast.”
Shabalala also spoke about the difficulties of keeping a club running and finding sponsorship.
“This is a fantastic initiative as it becomes very expensive to run a club,” said the Thokoza FC manager. “There is a lot of stuff to buy each month. This lessens our burden and we are now able to buy extra equipment.”
Kings FC owner, Sithembiso Mazibuko of Umvoti LFA in Umzinyathi Region also praised the simple sign-up process.
“What stands out is that there was no paperwork involved,” said Mazibuko. “Also, the information needed is very basic and the system is very easy in terms of policy updates”.
“This is our first kit sponsorship and we will be forever grateful to Inqaku,” concluded the Kings FC chief.
Inqaku is a licensed financial services provider. The Inqaku Funeral policy is underwritten by Old Mutual Alternative Risk Transfer Ltd (OMART), a licensed life insurer. Terms and conditions apply. Please visit inqaku.com
Special thanks to Dhirshan Ghobind for contributing to this story.
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