THERE were joy and smiles on the faces of PE East Football Association (PEEFA) clubs when Marina Sea Salt launched a sponsorship of R85 000 during a function at Veeplaas Community Hall on February 6.ANC Ward 28 and 30 councillors, Xola Tyali and Mbulelo Gidana, Marina Sea Salt manager Oscar Andile Makinana, SAFA Eastern Cape provincial executive officer Isaac Klaas, SAFA Nelson Mandela Bay chairman Simphiwe Mkhangelwa, SAFA NMB regional executive officer Nwabisa Mavuso and PEEFA officials, as well as the club councillors attended the function.Makinana stated that they decided to come to the rescue of PEEFA in the form of a sponsorship in order to plough back into the community and develop the sport. “Clubs must respect soccer and just enjoy the game and compete against each other. At Marina Sea Salt we look forward to uplifting the standard of living in our communities. “We would like to see the youth taking part in sport. We started sponsoring WAFA, NEBFA and ZWIFA. All we need is that the PEEFA executive committee must be accountable. “Healthy relationship between PEEFA and us will motivate Marina Sea Salt. We need to be updated all the time by PEEFA. “I think a sum of R85 000 will make a huge difference to PEEFA.”Tyali and Gidana hailed the sponsor for developing grassroots soccer. Klaas and Mkhangelwa also rendered their message of support for the role played by Marina Sea Salt.PEEFA deputy chairperson, Sandiswa Diba, expressed gratitude to the salt manufacturer for making a huge difference to their local football association (LFA). “We are grateful that Marina Sea Salt have come to our rescue. We had no financial muscle at all, but now our situation has been rescued. “We will make sure that we will be accountable. I want to say thank you Mr Makinana and your company Marina Sea Salt,” said Diba.