A new dawn has broken in the NFD with the announcement that GladAfrica Coporation will sponsor the 1st Division which will be renamed the GladAfrica Championship for the next five years starting from this season. While the full details of this exciting deal have yet to be disclosed, ie televised matches and the monthly grant, the season ending prizemoney has been substantially increased to R3m for the winners (R300 000 previously), R1.5m for the runner up and R1m for finishing in third place. 

This is the first time in 12years that the NFD will have a sponsor. The last time there was a sponsor, the league was known as the Mvela Golden League and was sponsored by Tokyo Sekwale's Mvelapanda Group.