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2015-05-13 06:00

MAX TSHABALALA, Bloemfontein Celtic owner, has defended his decision of cancelling the annual players awards at the eleventh hour, saying the team didn’t reach their target. The awards ceremony was supposed to have been held in Bloemfontein last Sunday (10/05).

According to him the club’s target was to finish the season among the top-five teams in the league. Celtic finished seventh with 40 points.

“I decided to cancel the awards because the team didn’t reach its target and we had a string of poor results towards the end of the season,” Tshabalala said.

Asked whether the players were aware that there wouldn’t be given awards if they finished the season outside the top five bracket, Tshabalala said: “We give our players R10 000 each for every win and R5 000 for every drawn match. Is that not rewarding the players?”

He added that he had not cancelled the players’ awards to save money.

“It is our sponsor MTN who pays money that goes with the awards. It is not the club. I told MTN to use that money that was meant for awards to do other important things with it. I cannot celebrate mediocrity,” said the chairman.

This season will go down in the annals of history as the year where Celtic players were not honoured for their individidual efforts.

Most of the PSL clubs are expected to honour their top performers during the off-season.

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