NPL names awards nominees
BRIAN Bantam, Heini Isaacks and Hendrik Somaeb have been named as the MTC Premiership Player of the Season finalists, with the winner to be announced at the MTC Premiership Awards on Sunday evening.
The main sponsor of the Namibia Premier League, MTC, announced a total sponsorship of N$150 000 for the 2012 Premiership Awards which will be held at the Safari Hotel on Sunday evening.
There will be nine other awards up for grabs with a total prize money of N$150 000.
Besides the Player of the Season, the other awards are the Top Goal Scorer of the Season, the Players’ Player of the Season, the Coach of the Season, the Referee of the Season, the Assistant Referee of the Season and the Chairman’s Award.
The Premier League champions Black Africa as well as runners up Civics and third-placed African Stars will also receive awards, as will the Northern and Southern Stream First Division winners.
Mabos Vries of the NPL executive committee said the 12 Premier League coaches selected the finalists for the Player of the Season, while the captains of the 12 Premier League clubs selected the finalists for the Player’s Player award.
The Top Goal scorer of the Season award of N$30 000 will be shared by Jerome Louis of Black Africa and Richard Kavendji of Hotspurs who both scored 12 goals during the season.
The Chairman’s Award will be decided by the chairman of the NPL JJ Doëseb, and will go to a team or individual that has excelled against the odds and exhibited exemplary conduct in the promotion of Namibian football.
The finalists and prize money in the other categories are as follows: Player of the Season – N$30 000 Brian Bantam (Black Africa), Heini Isaacks (Civics) and Hendrik Somaeb (African Stars);
Players’ Player of the Season – N$20 000 Brian Bantam (Black Africa), Heini Isaacks (Civics) and Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars); Coach of the Season N$20 000 Gilbert Rwasoka (Blue Waters), Christi Guruseb (Civics), Brian Isaacs (Black Africa);
Referee of the Season – N$15 000 Reinhold Shikongo (Khomas), Helmuth Andreas (Erongo), Alex Tiyeho (Otjozondjupa); Assistant Referee of the Season – N$10 000 Alfeus Shipanga (Kavango), Dawid Shaanika (Khomas), Mathew Kanyanga (Khomas); Chairman’s Award – N$30 000.