Patrice Motsepe, president of the Confederation of African Football and founder and chairperson of the Motsepe Foundation, announced on Friday the new partnership between the foundation and local football.
Motsepe, through his foundation, will sponsor the National First Division (NFD) from next season.
The NFD, which was known as the GladAfrica Championship, is the second tier of South African professional football. And it will be renamed the Motsepe Foundation Championship.
Last season, the GladAfrica Championship saw the promotion of Richards Bay to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) with University of Pretoria (Tuks) failing to be elevated to the paid ranks during the promotion play-offs.
During the announcement in Sandton on Friday, Motsepe expressed delight at the partnership that will see a number of companies associated with the Motsepe family raise sponsorship for the league.
“SA football has a long and proud history and has produced some of the talented players in Africa and in the world. It is an honour for the Motsepe Foundation to make a humble contribution to the development and growth of SA football.” Motsepe said.