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Magnum rolls out big awards for KSAFA Super, Major leagues

Thursday, April 25, 2019

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In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Magnum Tonic Wine, long-time title sponsor of the Magnum JN KSAFA Super and Major League football competitions, will be donating cash awards all-round in the '#TheBig20' KSAFA promotions, which encompasses the quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds.

The monetary awards have been broken down for the two leagues with the Leading Goal Scorer and Golden Glove prizes topping the Super League category with $20,000 cash and a trophy each. The first place coaching team will also earn $20,000, while $16,000 will go to coaching officials of the runner-up team.

The player adjudged Man of the Match will earn $10,000 and a trophy, while the main referee of the finals will also receive a $10,000 prize, with $8,000 going to the assistant referee for the final and $6,000 earmarked for the assistant referees who marshall the lines. The captain of the winning team will get a trophy.

For the Major League, KSAFA's second-tier competition, the top awards of $10,000 and a trophy will be the Golden Glove and Leading Goal Scorer awards, with $10,000 going to the main referee and second place coaching team. The coaching team for the champions will earn $15,000, with $8,000 and a trophy designated for the Man of the Match, plus $8,000 to the assistant referee for the finals. The assistant referees who rule line calls will each receive $6,000, while the captain of the winning team will get a trophy.

Mark Telfer, brand manager, Magnum and Red Label Wine — which numbers among the plethora of spirits produced and marketed by J Wray & Nephew Limited through its parent company Campari Group — noted that spectators will not be left out. He said they will be targeted for spot prizes while attending the crucial games that will ultimately decide the champion teams at this stage of the competitions.

“It's Magnum's 20th anniversary so because of that we decided we're going to give back to the communities. It's no longer about sponsoring the league; we're going to be putting cash in the hands of the players, coaching staff and referees,” said Telfer, while making the announcement at a KSAFA press conference yesterday morning at Scotiabank Sports Club, Liguanea.

Telfer added: “You're looking on leading goal scorers getting upwards of $20,000, you'll get $5,000 for each goal scored in the finals, the goalkeeper with the Golden Glove, gets $40,000 in his hands. If he happens to let one slip past him, he still goes home with $20,000. You're looking at the coaching staff getting upwards of $20,000, referees another $25,000, it's about ensuring that the games are exciting and the players are rewarded for their skills on the field.”

Wayne Shaw, president of KSAFA, lauded Magnum for its contribution as he looked towards an 'exciting' finale.

“Thanks to Magnum for this incentive for the teams for the quarters, semis and finals and also for the referees. The referees have always been left out and I'm really pleased that Magnum has remembered them. They're a very important part of football,” said Shaw.

“I expect the games to be very exciting, going to the finals. I expect three exciting weeks of football in our senior competitions this season,” added Shaw.

Quarter-final matches in both competitions will be played on Saturday and Sunday. In the Major League, matches are: Seaview Gardens FC vs Greenwich Town FC at Barbican and Shortwood United FC vs New Kingston FC at Winchester Park, on Saturday. On Sunday, it's Liguanea United FC vs Cooreville Gardens FC at Barbican and Bull Bay FC vs Olympic Gardens FC at Alpha Boys' Home.

In Magnum JN KSAFA Super League action on Saturday, it's Brown's Town FC vs Molynes FC at 6:00 pm and Barbican FC vs Santos FC at Constant Spring (8:30 pm).

On Sunday, Real Mona FC vs Boys' Town FC at 6:00 pm and Central Kingston FC vs Meadforest FC at 8:30 pm, also at Constant Spring. The semi-finals and finals will also be played at Constant Spring, with the semis scheduled for Friday, May 3 and Sunday, May 5; and the finals on Friday, May 10, at 8:30 pm. It will be preceded by the 6:00 pm third-place play-off.


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