McKay Security take top awards at KSAFA Business House League Awards
KINGSTON, Jamaica – McKay Security walked away with the top awards at the Western Sports/KSAFA Business House League Awards ceremony held recently.
The competition returned after a three-year absence due to the COVID pandemic, with 14 participating teams including three newcomers; Kingston Wharves, Kingston Freeport and Digicel.
According to a release on Tuesday, the competition was played in a zone format this year but is likely to return to the league format for the 2024 season. Wayne Shaw, president of the KSAFA Business House, is expecting many more teams to return to the competition next year.
“I expect that for the 2024 season, we will go back to our 40 teams. A lot of teams did not budget for this competition (this year) so we expect that next season we’ll go back to our original numbers, and we will have our usual 20 teams in both divisions,” Shaw pointed out.
Still, Shaw indicated that he was disappointed with the number of red and yellow cards shown. The League teams together played a total of 50 games and scored 195 goals with 22 red cards and 192 yellow cards issued.
“I think that was too much for a Business House competition, but the games were close and competitive, so I guess that’s why there were so many cards,” he reasoned.
McKay Security ran out winners of the league competition and also the champions of champions when they beat Seprod in that final.
The knock-out final was contested by Seprod and Metrodade, which was played on Sunday, September 10th where Seprod came out the winner by 2 goals to one.
Tarrique Campbell of Seprod and Dwayne Smith of Bank of Jamaica were the leading scorers of the knockout competition with five goals each. Shamarie Dallas of Seprod was the MVP of the KO final.
The League final was held on Sunday, September 24th at the Winchester Football Field between defending champions Petrojam vs McKay Security. After playing to a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of football, McKay won 4-3 on penalties.
The League teams together played a total of 50 games and scored 195 goals, with 22 red cards and 192 yellow cards issued.
First-time entrants Kingston Wharves made it to the quarterfinals of the league.
The Raymond Quallo Challenge trophy (Champion of Champions) was played on Sunday, October 1, 2023, between the Knock-out champion Seprod Limited and League champion McKay Security, with McKay Security coming out with a 3-1 victory.
Omar Thompson of the RJR/Gleaner was the top scorer for the league with 9 goals. Kurt Richards of McKay Security was named MVP for the League final while Aurane Phoenix of McKay Security was named coach of the season. Rodney McPherson of McKay was the winning manager.
Lorne Donaldson former Reggae Girls Coach received the Abe Alexander Award while Kesla Anderson was named referee of the season, while Rolonzo Bennett was named assistant referee of the season.