This season the KSAFA Council was able to successfully negotiate a $7.2 million budget for both Super & Major Leagues. We were able to attract new sponsors Charley’s JB Rum who were the major sponsor contributing $5 million towards both budgets. Our traditional sponsors Jamaica National contributed $2 million and were accorded the role of Associate Sponsors. KSAFA provided the shortfall of $220,000.00.
Our major sponsors Charley JB Rum entered a three (3) year agreement with KSAFA and we are very proud to welcome them to the KSAFA family.
As part of the Budget for both leagues, all participating twenty eight (28) clubs, twelve (12) in the Super League and fifteen (15) in Major League received a set of imported Nike gears provided by our gear sponsors Locker Room Sports. In addition each of the twenty eight clubs were provided with a cash payment of $30,000.00 for infrastructure development to assist with player nutrition, transportation and playfield preparation.
The breakdown of prize monies for both competitions are as follows;
1st Place- $300,000.00
2nd Place- $250,000.00
3rd Place- $200,000.00
4th Place- $150,000.00
Zone Winners (2)- $25,000.00 each
Mid Season Champion- $20,000.00
1st Place- $200,000.00
2nd Place- $150,000.00
3rd Place- $100,000.00
4th Place- $75, 000.00
Zone Winners (2)- $20,000.00 each
Sponsorship came at a critical time for the new Administration as we embarked on our goal to re-establish KSAFA as an efficient and dynamic confederation and to attract renewed corporate support for our programmes in developing football in the Corporate Area.
The Association with sponsors provided a tremendous endorsement for our Administration and the introduction of Charley’s JB Rum to a compliment of sponsors sent an important signal to Corporate Jamaica that they should support the work being done by our team.
As we are aware both leagues commenced in early November 2015 with the Super League comprising twelve (12) clubs and the Major League comprising sixteen (16) clubs divided into two (2) zones.
The Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Final were all televised live on Television Jamaica Sports Network (TVJ SN) and broadcast on KLAS/ESPN Sports Radio. The games were all played on Friday nights at the Constant Spring Sports Complex and proved very popular with the football loving fraternity. Friday night football is obviously here to stay and was fully supported by the spectators during the season.
The Super & Major Leagues Finals were played Friday May 13, 2016 under lights at the Constant Spring Sports Complex Maverley/Hughenden FC emerged Super League Champion with a one-nil victory over Barbican FC in a very exciting and tactical game. Central Kingston FC in the earlier game won the Major League title with a similar one-nil victory over the marching men of JDF FC. That game was very entertaining as Central Kingston displayed excellent ball handling and passing skills by their youthful team against a hard running JDF side.
Heartiest congratulations must be extended to the 2015/2016 Super League champions Maverley/Hughenden FC and Major League Champions Central Kingston FC.
Following the Super League Final our champions Maverley/Hughenden FC marched into the JFF Premier League Confed Playoffs travelling to Montego Bay and played their first game against Granville FC on Sunday May 22, 2016. The club immediately earned three (3) points on the road by defeating Granville FC 2-1. Over the next three weeks our worthy champions engaged the other three Confed qualifiers on a home and away basis and on Sunday June 12, 2016 battled to a 1-1 draw against Jamalco FC at Wembley in Clarendon. This draw enabled Maverley/Hughenden FC to join Jamalco FC in gaining promotion to the 2016/2017 National Premier League. This performance by our Super League Champions showed the resilience of the KSAFA teams in maintaining our dominance in the National Premier League with seven (7) of the twelve (12) participating teams. They will of course replace Cavalier SC in next season competition.
Extend congratulations to our Competition Committee Chairman young Marc Williams and his team, the staff of KSAFA Administrator Cherie Raynor and her Assistant Antoinette Jarrett as well as League Director Richard Nathan. Special thanks must be extended to Disciplinary Committee Chairman Miguel Williams and his members for their handling of disciplinary issues which arose in the competition.
Members of the KSAFA Secretariat led by General Secretary Wayne Shaw and Deputy Dwayne Dillon should also be commended for the support they provided for the competition.
Friday night matches were organized by a team led by Vice President Mark Bennett and they must be specially commended for this initiative.
I close by expressing appreciation to the KSAFA Referees Group for their handling of matches played in the Super and major Leagues during the season as they were no notable incidents of indiscipline or controversy during our matches.
Finally, congratulations to all the players from the twenty eight clubs who participated in both leagues this season as they provided high quality entertainment and displayed good football skills for our spectators to enjoy.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen and as always KSAFA is number 1!
Ambassador A.B. Stewart Stephenson
July 05, 2016