Mascom Top 8 finalists, BDF XI and Township Rollers, were the toast of the night at the Mascom Top 8 awards.
The two clubs swept all the awards on offer on the night to continue their dominance in the 2013/14 season.
While Rollers won all but one individual award, it was ‘Matebele,’ as BDF XI is affectionately known who emerged the biggest winners.
Besides bagging the P1 million cheque, gold medals and a trophy, BDF XI also added the Number One Player award to their haul, thanks to their winger Kabelo Seakanyeng.
The diminutive winger beat off tough competition from his fellow teammate Otlaantshekela Mooketsi as well as Rollers’ marksman Jerome Louis to claim the most coveted of individual honors of the tournament as well as a mouthwatering P40 000 cash prize.
Blessed with great pace and skill, Seakanyeng together with Mooketsi provided BDF XI with much needed spark to propel the team to its first Top 8 trophy.
In the battle of goalkeepers, Rollers’ Mwampule Masule beat off BDF XI’s Takudzwa Ndoro and Gaborone United’s Noah Maposa to claim the Number 1 Safe Hands of the tournament as well as a P15 000 cash prize for his efforts.
Having conceded seven goals in open play during the tournament, the same as BDF XI’s Ndoro, this was perhaps the most tightly fought of battles in the tournament. While Masule carried Rollers’ through to the finals and showed great maturity between the sticks this season, Ndoro had also proved his mettle, more so during the Top 8 final penalty shootout where he thwarted Rollers’ Gofaone Tiro to drag BDF XI to its first Top 8 gold medals.
Having lost out to Seakanyeng in the Number 1 Player awards, Louis walked away with the Number One Yellow Boot award which carried a P20 000 cash prize. Leading from the front, the Rollers’ Namibian marksman scored five goals during the tournament to clinch the award.
The Number One Coach of the Tournament went to Rollers’ mentor Madinda Ndlovu, who saw off fellow finalist Elijah Chikwanda.
Ndlovu, who had led Rollers throughout the tournament, walked away P15 000 richer.
Other winners on the night included referee Keabetswe Dintwa and assistant referee Moletlanyi Keoagile who came away with the Number one Referee and the Number One assistant Referee.
The duo pocketed P10 000 and P5 000 respectively.
Meanwhile, Sunday Standard photographer, Oaitse Sejakgomo was voted the Number One Lensman for his photo coverage of the tournament.
Still in the media, Number 1 scribe went to Isaac Pheko (The Guardian), Number 1 Talker Radio Monnakgotla Mojaki (Gabz FM), Number 1 TalkMo Radio Fundy Gaoforwe(RB2), Number 1 Talker TV Aaron Radira (BTv) while Nelson Ditibane, also of BTv walked away with the Number 1 TalkMo TV.
The awards marked the end of a highly successful three-year sponsorship deal that saw Mascom Wireless pump P15 million into the tournament.
Officially welcoming the guests at the tournament, Botswana Football Association President, Tebogo Sebego, said that negotiations were ongoing to continue the tournament sponsorship.