The winner of the 2004/5 Castle Premiership season will take home a record prize of R2.6million - the biggest payout in the history of domestic football league courtesy of the league sponsors Castle Lager.
Details of the record first prize for the league champions were announced on Wednesday at the SAB World of Beer by Geoff Whyte, Brand Marketing Manager: SAB Limited.
The R2.6million prize is part of a total purse of R8.25million that Castle Lager will hand over in prize money to the 16 participating Castle Premiership teams. The champions payout represents a significant increase from last season when Kaizer Chiefs took home R2.35million for winning the coveted title.
In addition to this increase in prize-money, Castle Lager will continue to reward players, teams and media for their contribution to the success of the Castle Premiership season.
The highlight of the individual awards will be announced at the gala end-of-season function - traditionally the Castle Premiership Player of the Season award. The prize-money for this prestigious award is R100 000 the biggest incentive for an individual award in South African football.
A number of other high profile incentive awards will be bring the total amount handed over by the sponsors to R460 000.