THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has set November 30 as the date for the prestigious 2012 MTN Premier Division League awards where this season's champions are assured of K250 million.
With a total K1.2 billion poured into the sponsorship of the 2012 league by the mobile phone giants, MTN, the battle for the top prize which also comes with a coveted trophy, will be decided today between defending champions, Power Dynamos and Zanaco.
The league runners-up will pocket K100 million with third finishers Zesco United guaranteed K50 million.
FAZ vice-president, Boniface Mwamelo said in Lusaka yesterday that the MTN awards gala would be held this monthend at the Government Complex where all deserving winners would be rewarded.
Making it the most lucrative sponsorship in the history of Zambian football, MTN has also spread across financial rewards to all 16 teams in the league.
The fourth placed team will receive K45 million, K38 million for the fifth, the sixth finishers will get K30 million with K18 million going to the seventh while the eighth, ninth and 10th positioned teams will pocket K15 million, K12 million and K10 million, respectively. The six bottom-placed teams will each get K8 million.
The 2012 Footballer-of the-Year is assured of K25 million with the Top Scorer pocketing K20 million, while the Most Disciplined Player and Young Player of the Year will each get K15 million.
MTN has also staked K20 million for Coach of the Year and K15 million for the Best Referee.