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Central Region hosts awards night

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THE Central Soccer League (CSL) will today hold its annual general meeting (AGM) at a hotel in Gwanda. Several issues are set to be discussed.

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The CSL AGM will precede an awards ceremony to honour the league’s best performers in the just-ended 2012 season.

Top on the agenda of the AGM will be the management board’s decision to increase the number of teams in the league to 18 from the previous 16 for next season.

CSL secretary Stanley Chapeta confirmed to NewsDay Sport that the issue of introducing an 18-team league, among other concerns, will be tackled at the meeting.

However, Chapeta said clubs adopted the decision to increase teams in the league last year. The AGM would simply endorse that decision.

“A number of issues will be discussed at the AGM and various committees will present their reports before the league. The most important issue will be the board’s decision to come up with an 18- team league next year.

“I do not think there will be disagreements because the clubs adopted the decision last year. So this time around, we will just be endorsing that decision,” he said.

Tripple B, who have been promoted into the Premiership, will be replaced by Hardbody who were relegated from the top-flight league, to leave teams in the CSL at 18.

He was, however, not in a position to disclose the sponsor of the awards and the amount which has been tabled for the event.
“Those details will be known on the day of the awards. For now, what is important is for people to know that such an event is lined up,” Chapeta said.

FC Strikers’ Sizalobuhle Dube is the only player certain to receive an award after he finished the season as the league’s top goalscorer with 10 goals.

Tripple B will receive an award for the best team in the league after finishing the season at the top of the log to gain promotion into top-flight football. For the prestigious Player of the Year Award, it will be a fight between FC Strikers’ Gift Phiri and Tripple B captain Ali Kazembe, who were arguably the best performers.

‘Awards ceremony will honour the best’

CHAPETA said the awards ceremony would see the league honouring the best team in the league, the league’s Best Player, Best Goalkeeper, Most Promising Player, Top Goalscorer, Most Disciplined Team and the Best Sports Journalist from the region.
He was, however, not in a position to disclose the sponsor of the awards and the amount which has been tabled for the event.

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