Cape Town - Fans of the beautiful game where left wondering where the prize money has gone for those awarded the man of the match accolade in this year's Telkom Knockout tournament?
The Telkom Knockout is widely regarded as one of the most lucrative Cup competitions in Africa with the total prize money totalling a staggering R14.2 million, but it appears that's where Telkom's generosity ends.
Something that has caught the fan's attention is the almost insignificant prize awarded to the man of the match from the Round of 16.
Kaizer Chiefs’ Kgotso Moleko, Orlando Pirates’ Patrick Phungwayo and Mamelodi Sundowns' Hlompho Kekana were among those deemed to be the best players on the park last weekend and picked up the man of the match awards.
Just 5 gigabytes worth of Telkom data!
Patrick Phungwayo posing with his award:With Telkom's latest promotion offering 3GB's of data for R149, Telkom's Man of the Match award is worth about R300!
While most man of the match awards in Cup competitions earn a player around R2 000 to R8 000, being named the best player during this season's Telkom Knockout will earn the player much less.
For example, George Lebese earned R8 000 for his performance in the MTN8 match against Platinum Stars earlier this season.
During last season's Nedbank Cup clash against Golden Arrows, Mamelodi Sundowns' Anthony Laffor was awarded the man of the match along with the prize of R5 000.
While most players are unconcerned with individual awards, a lucrative cheque after a hard earned win usually serves as an extra bit of motivation.
Fans (and probably the players too) are asking: What has happened to the prize money pool for this competition?