The Castle Premiership season came to a glittering end at the traditional end of season awards ceremony in Johannesburg on Thursday evening, with Kaizer Chiefs' Tinashe Nengomasha stealing the show.
After 12 long dry seasons, Kaizer Chiefs tasted the sweet flavour of success by winning the coveted Castle Premiership trophy plus a whopping R2,35 million. This prize is the biggest prize money on offer in South African football terms.
Adding to Kaizer Chiefs glory is their midfielder, Tinashe Nengomasha winning both the Castle Premiership Player of the Season and the Castle Premiership Players Player of the Season titles. He joined an elite group of players who have swept the boards by winning both awards in the same season.
Compatriot Wilfred Mugeyi, the Nigerian born Raphael Chukwu and former Kaizer Chiefs striker, Siyabonga Nomvete are the other players to have achieved this honour.
The dual triumph for the 21-year-old Zimbabwean international comes after his pivotal role in leading the Amakhosi to their first championship in 12 years.
Nengomasha, who turns 22 in September, takes home a total of R130 000 in prize money winning R75 000 for Player of the Season and R55 000 for Players Player of the Season. Accompanying the prize-money is the real possibility of following in the footsteps of previous winners in securing a lucrative overseas contract.
Chiefs coach Ted Dumitru won R45 000 as the Coach of the Season for his role in returning the club to the winners podium.
Jacky Ledwaba of Zulu Royals, with 14 goals in the Castle Premiership, was confirmed as the competitions top goal scorer and won R45 000, a prize that will go a long way to dampening the relegation disappointment of his club.
Ledwaba is the first recipient of the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot award. The award is named after the tragic loss of last seasons Top Goalscorer, Lesley Manyathela. Ledwabas feat is even more remarkable given the fact that his club was relegated at the end of the season
Ajax Cape Town won the Fair Play Team of the Season award for having displayed a high level of professionalism, stakeholder relations and great discipline.
Willowdale school principal Ace Ncobo was named the Castle Premiership Referee of the Season for the second successive season, winning R15 000 for himself. The award came just months after his accession to the FIFA panel of referees.
Lazarus Matela, who officiated at the African Nations Cup finals in Tunisia, was named as the Castle Premiership Assistant Referee of the Season, crowning a year of triumph for his blossoming career. He took home R10 000.
A total of six major media awards were also handed out at the ceremony. Castle Lager rewarded the media for their role played in promoting soccer in SA. The awards were as follows:
Radio Presenter of the Season
* Kwena Moabelo (Kaya FM) - R15 000
* Oshebeng Koonyaditse (Motsweding FM) - Merit Award
Radio Commentator of the Season
* Joas Mashimbye (MLFM) - R15 000
TV Presenter of the Season
* Robert Marawa (SABC Sport) - R15 000
* Carol Manana (SABC Sport) - Merit Award
TV Commentator of the Season
* Cebo Manyaapelo (SABC Sport) - R15 000
Print Journalist of the Season
Match Reporting/Hard News/Previews
* Vincent Mashego (Daily Sun) - R 5 000
* Farouk Abrahams (Cape Times) - R 5 000
Overall Print Journalist of the Season
* Matshelane Mamabolo (Independent News)- R15 000
Photographer of the Season
* Sydney Seshibedi (Sunday Times) - R15 000
* Etienne Rothbart - Merit Award
South Africas Finest would like to congratulate all these worthy winners and thank them sincerely for the prominent role they played in a very exciting Castle Premiership season.