The captain of Mpheni Home Defenders, Ndaedzo Mareda (centre), receives his team’s trophy from Mr George Kubayi (second from right), while Mr Jabulani Ndove (right), Mr Matidza Mukwevho (MMK senior manager - left) and Ms Basani Macevele from Safa Vhembe (second from left) look on.
Last Friday was payday for the clubs affiliated to the Safa Vhembe MMK Administrators League last season. The glittering ceremony was held at the Munakisi Hall in Muledane and about R1 million in cash prizes was distributed to 153 clubs during the ceremony.
Mpheni Home Defenders went home with the most money. They received R60 000 and a floating trophy during the ceremony.
They were the region’s overall champions after finishing on top of the log in the champ of champs tournament. They also represented Vhembe Regional Association in the provincial playoffs, which were staged at the Jane Furse Stadium in Sekhukhune three months ago. Unfortunately, they did not make the grade in the provincial playoffs as they finished in the third position.
Madridtas FC received R35 000, while United Artists took home R30 000. A sum of R25 000 was presented to Anel Real Vikings, who finished in the fourth spot.
The other five teams who took part in the champ of champs tournament, Ngovhela XI Experience, Muziafera Blue Eagles, Mashamba Soccer Academy, Maelula New Mates and Dipeni FC, received R15 000 each.
Teams that finished between the second and the eighth position in their respective streams were presented with cash prizes ranging from R10 000 to R5 500. The remaining clubs received R3 000 each.
When delivering the keynote address, the chief operations officer of MMK Insurance Administrators, Mr Munei Mukwevho, said that his company would continue to sponsor the Safa Vhembe Regional Soccer Association in the coming season.
During the ceremony, he presented a cheque to the value of R650 000 to the treasurer of the association, Mr Jabulani Ndove. The association received the same sponsorship amount last season. According to Mukwevho, the relationship between his company and the association is now eight years old.
During the ceremony, the announcement was made that the last two teams in their respective streams would be relegated to the lower division and that the league activities for the new season would start over the weekend of 5 and 6 October.
Date:30 August 2019 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.