The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
THELEKA Business Centre in Filabusi is the venue for the Insiza District Football League awards ceremony where teams as well as players will get their rewards this afternoon.
With the league action having concluded at the beginning of November, the outstanding teams and players will receive their accolades. A total of US$1 055 has been put aside for prizes. Skybirds, who are based at Theleka were the champions in the 16-team league having won 24 of the 30 matches they played. The league ran from March to November.
Morris Ndingwa, the Indifa secretary general said the league has no sponsor, with the prizes to be given out today raised from affiliation fees, fundraising initiatives and fines during the course of the season. A match between Skybirds and the best players in the league has been lined up prior to the start of the awards.
“Our league has no sponsor, funds were raised through affiliations and fundraising activities plus fines, in total we have US$1 050 for prizes. It promises to be a great day, there shall be a football match between Skybirds and the best eleven in the league,” Ndingwa said.
Besides prizes for the teams, there are also incentives for the players with the Indifa Soccer Star of the Year to be crowned. The best referee, coach, goalkeeper, top goal scorer, most disciplined team and rookie of the year are the other accolades to be handed out today with cash as well as other incentives in store for the award winners.
Meanwhile, the going has been tough in the Godlwayo South Soccer League where teams are struggling to finish off matches due to transport challenges.
According to the latest log, Dekezi are on top of the standings with 51 points, followed by FC Bambanani on 40, Singwambizi Eagles have 39, closely followed by Mabuze who are a point behind. Mbembesi Bees, who have over the years completely dominated the GSSL have found the going tough this year as they are on 29 points with just six wins from the 19 matches they have played.
Amiot Sibanda, the GSSL chairman said walkovers were now the norm since teams are struggling with transport, with most of them not travelling to fulfil fixtures.
“Some of the teams are not playing due to transport problems, as a result we have so many walkovers,’’ Sibanda said.
The bulk of the teams in the GSSL are left with six games each to play but chances are high that some of these fixtures might not take place due to the transport challenges, with the action to conclude before the festive season.