WINDHOEK, 28 MAY – The Namibia Premier League (NPL) will host its 2017/18 awards at Safari Hotel in Windhoek on Friday.
Speaking at a media conference on Monday, NPL League Administrator, Joshua Tovey Hoebeb said seven categories will be up for grabs on the night.
“The Chairman’s Award will be decided by the chairman of the league at his own discretion. The Top Goal Scorer award is already decided as Panduleni Nekundi finished on top of the charts with 15 goals, one clear of his nearest rivals,” Hoebeb explained.
Other categories include Premiership Player of the Season, voted for by the coaches of all 16 NPL teams, which carries prize money of N$ 30 000 and Player’s Player of the Year worth N$ 20 000, voted for by the players and captains of the 16 teams.
Coach of the Season, who is voted for by the 16 NPL coaches, will walk away with N$ 20 000, while Referee of the Season, decided by the referees’ department at the Namibia Football Association, will get N$ 10 000. The Assistant Referee of the Year will get N$ 5 000.
Hoebeb added that on the night, a total of N$ 2 220 000 will be given out to the various winners, and the official crowning of the league champions African Stars will also take place.
They will receive their N.dollars 1 million prize while the runners-up Black Africa will receive N$ 600 000.
Third-placed Mighty Gunners will walk away with N$ 300 000 and Young African who ended fourth will be rewarded with N$ 100 000 for their efforts.
The budget for the awards ceremony and prizes are catered for in the sponsorship package by joint sponsors Mobile Telecommunications Limited and First National Bank.
Below are the nominees for the various categories
Premier League Top Goal Scorer: Panduleni Nekundi
Player of the Season: Dynamo Fredricks (Black Africa), Panduleni Nekundi (African Stars), Marcel Papama (University of Namibia)
Players Player of the Year: Dynamo Fredricks, Panduleni Nekundi, Marcel Papama
Coach of the Season: Marley Ngarizemo (Young African), Gerhard Hengari (Mighty Gunners), Bobby Samaria (African Stars)
Referee of the Season: Jackson Pavaza, Willem Haitembu, Nehemiah Shoovaleka
Assistant Referee of the Season: Mathew Nevonga, Sem Singeve, Eneas Shikongo