MOTSEPE FOUNDATION SPONSORS SSD
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
Forty million rand over the next five years.
This is how much the Motsepe Foundation has forked out to ensure the significance and importance of developing sports and creating opportunities for young talents. The South Afrcian Football Association’s (SAFA) Second Division League will now be called ABC Motsepe League, named after foundation patron Patrice Motsepe’s father Augustinee Butana Chaone.
The deal was announced at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg last night. SAFA has been running the league without sponsors over a year ago.
A staggering prize of R1 million will be for the winning team of which R200 000 will be used by the team for development purposes. The runner’s up will pocket half a million of which hundred thousand rand will be used for development purposes.
SAFA president, Danny Jordaan, is thrilled and said that yesterday was a historic day for the country’s football.
“This is a great boost for South African football and we want to thank the Motsepe Foundation for their consistency in supporting grassroots development which is the most important sector of football,” Jordaan said.
“The Second Division is the last leg before teams progress into the professional ranks. It SAFA’s responsibility to make sure teams are financially viable as well as to have proper developmental structures. We have created a unique and probably a world first by allocating part of the prize money to youth development,” added Jordaan.
The foundation’s commitment comes with a condition which stipulates that each team must have six under 21 players included and playing on the field.
With 144 teams playing in the league, this means 1 500 under 21 players will get an opportunity to play in an organized, competitive league and get exposed to stronger training and coaching.
Several end of season awards will be made and named after soccer administrators who have made life-long contribution to the development of football.
Motsepe said that the Player of the Year award will be named after Kaizer Chiefs chairman and will be known as Kaizer Motaung Player of the Year Award with a tag prize of R150 000. Players’ Player of the Year will pocket R100 000.
The Dr Irvin Role-Model Chairman of the year award winner will pocket R100 000.