The Premier Soccer League and BancABC-the sponsors of the Super Eight knockout tourney will Friday unveil improved rewards for players who excel in the competition which starts with the quarter-finals next weekend.
The Golden Boot winner takes home $500 while the player of the tournament will also get the same figure. The most disciplined team will get a branded training kit.
The man-of-the-match for each game pockets $200 while the same accolade in the final has a reward of $300. The goalkeeper who concedes the least number of goals wins $400.
Fans have not been left out — they will pay $2 each to watch their favourite teams in Kwekwe, Chiredzi and Hwange.
In order to get a flowing tournament with no team appealing against certain decisions, the league will fine errant teams $15 000 and ban them from participating in the competition for the next two editions.
Part of the rules and regulations for the 2011 edition read, in part:
“Withdrawal, Penalty for Failing to Play and Replacement
1.1 All participating teams undertake to play all their matches until eliminated from the competition.
1.2 Any club that withdraws from the competition is liable to a fine of $15 000.
1.3 Depending on the circumstances of the withdrawal, the Executive Committee may impose additional sanctions.
1.4 Any club that withdraws or is excluded from playing in the competition may be replaced by another team.
The PSL Executive Committee will decide on the matter at its sole discretion.
No appeals may be lodged against these decisions. Furthermore, the guilty Club will forfeit any claim to financial remuneration from the PSL Executive Committee.
1.5 Depending on the circumstances and decision of the PSL Executive Committee, any Club that withdraws may be ordered to reimburse the BancABC for any expenses already incurred as a result of its involvement in the competition and may also be obliged to pay compensation for any damages or losses incurred.
1.6 If a team does not report for a match except in cases of force majeure recognised by the PSL Executive Committee or if it refuses to continue to play or leaves the stadium before the end of the match, the team will be considered as having lost the match in question.
The match will be awarded to its opponents with a score line of 3-0 or more if in the case of an abandoned match, the winning team has already reached a higher score at the time the guilty team leaves the field of play.
1.7 The defaulting team shall be banned from participating in the next two editions of the BancABC Sup8r Knock-Out Cup.
1.8 No appeals may be lodged against these decisions.