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PSL pledge to announce monthly award winners

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The Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Wednesday said they would soon announce the monthly awards for excelling players once they receive votes from the Sports Writers’ Association of Zimbabwe (Swaz).

Delta Beverages, who are sponsoring the league under their Castle Lager brand, introduced the monthly awards during the launch in February, but no player has received them so far.

Under the $600 000 sponsorship deal that the PSL sealed with Delta for the 2011 season, part of that amount was channelled towards the monthly awards.

Player, goalkeeper and top goal-scorer for every month, voted by the PSL coaches and sports writers, are supposed to get $500 each.

PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele yesterday told NewsDay Sport his office had received votes from all the PSL coaches, but was yet to receive from Swaz, which he said was delaying the process.

“The coaches have already submitted their names from April up to July, but I’m still waiting for votes from Swaz,” said Ndebele.

Swaz secretary-general Lovemore Dube said his organisation was still compiling the names of the players and would present them to the PSL the moment the process was through. Some of the players who excelled earlier in the season have since joined other clubs outside the country and are set to be honoured in absentia.

Simba Sithole was the top goal-scorer for March and April, but has since joined South African mega-rich club Mamelodi Sundowns.

There will be other individual awards at the end of the year. The Footballer of the Year will pocket $5 000 while his two runners-up will get $3 000 and $2 000 respectively.

Eight finalists for the calendar will each pocket $1 000, the top goal-scorer $3 000 while the goalkeeper of the year and rookie of the year get $2 000 each.

The coach of the year will get $3 500, referee of the year $2 000 and his two runners-up $1 500 and $1 000 respectively.

The most disciplined team will walk away with $10 000.

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