It’s the Mag­num KSAFA Su­per and Ma­jor Leagues

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

JWRAY and Nephew will spon­sor the 2016-2017 KSAFA Su­per and Ma­jor League com­pe­ti­tions un­der the Mag­num brand.

Last sea­son, the com­pe­ti­tions were spon­sored un­der the Charley’s JB Rum la­bel, but at Tues­day’s of­fi­cial launch of the new sea­son at the Wray and Nephew cor­po­rate of­fice in New Kingston, it was an­nounced that Mag­num will head­line the spon­sor­ship of this sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tions.

The leagues are be­ing spon­sored to the tune of $5,500,000, with as­so­ciate spon­sors Charles Choco­late pump­ing in $1 mil­lion, Avis Rent A Car $400,000 and Soc­cer Xpress $100,000.

Wray and Nephew are in the sec­ond year of the three-year spon­sor­ship deal, and the Su­per League win­ners will take home $1 mil­lion while the Ma­jor League cham­pi­ons will walk away with $500,000. A con­tri­bu­tion of $30,000 will be made to each of the 28 clubs in both com­pe­ti­tions, 12 in the Su­per League and 16 in the Ma­jor League, to off­set ex­penses.

All clubs will re­ceive gears with the Velle brand, with the Mag­num logo on the front and sis­ter brand, Charley’s JB Rum, on the shoul­ders.

The Su­per League will be di­vided into two zones of six each, with the top two from each group ad­vanc­ing to the Rox­anne Brown (sec­ond left), branch man­ager of Charles Choco­lates and Tamika West (sec­ond right), mar­ket­ing man­ager of Mag­num, present the spon­sor­ship cheque to Am­bas­sador Ste­wart Stephen­son (left), pres­i­dent of KSAFA, and Dwayne Dil­lon (right), as­sis­tant gen­eral sec­re­tary of KSAFA, at the launch of Mag­num-KSAFA 2016-17 Su­per and Ma­jor Leagues at the Wray and Nephew of­fice in New Kingston on Wed­nes­day.

semi-fi­nals. The Ma­jor League will also be di­vided into two groups, but of nine teams each, with the top two also mov­ing on to the last four. How­ever, only the Su­per League will con­test a mid-sea­son fi­nal.

The Su­per League kicks off to­mor­row with a dou­ble-header at Con­stant Spring. In the open­ing game, Short­wood play Cen­tral Kingston at 1 p.m. while Bar­bican take on Brown’s Town at 3 p.m.

KSAFA pres­i­dent, Am­bas­sador Ste­wart Stephen­son, said Wray Nephew’s spon­sor­ship has en­hanced the image of the as­so­ci­a­tion. He called on the clubs to main­tain the high level of dis­ci­pline set last sea­son.

“Last sea­son, there were no sig­nif­i­cant in­ci­dents of in­dis­ci­pline. (This sea­son), the em­pha­sis is on qual­ity foot­ball and the im­por­tance of im­pec­ca­ble dis­ci­pline and re­spect,” he said.

RU­DOLPH BROWN/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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