High standards have been set for the Absa Premiership's top goalscorer this season.

If a player wishes to grab the R100 000 top prize for bulging the old onion bag, he will have to break Collins Mbesuma's Premier Soccer League goalscoring record.

The Zambian marksman netted 25 times in the 2004/5 Premier Soccer League season, and Absa have now set 26 goals as the mark at which they will hand out a hundred grand.

With James Chamanga setting the grade last season with just 14 goals, clearly there is plenty of work top do for PSL club strikers.

Perhaps Mbesuma, once he has trimmed down a bit, can lead the way again.

Chamanaga won just R14 000 at R1000 a goal last season. Ironically, however, had he netted just one more time, he would have walked away with

R100 000.

This time, however, Absa have gone for a slightly more demanding, staggered prize-money system.

If the top goalscorer nets 15 goals or less, he will get R25 000, if he scores between 16 and 20 goals he will get R50 000, between 21 and 25,

R75 000, and if he can crack Mbesuma, he will walk away with all the loot.

This was the main revelation at the launch of the Absa Premiership's second season in Soweto.

Other brand new awards include a Young Player of the Season award, for players under 23 years of age, worth R50 000, and an Absa Premiership Supporters Award, where a total pot of R100 000 will be split between the top three supporters' clubs in the country.

The prize-money pot for league positions remains the same, at R29,4-million, with R10-million going to the champions.

The action gets underway tomorrow, when last season's runners-up Ajax face Maritzburg United.

Later in the evening BidVEST Wits entertain Santos

For the first weekend of the Absa Premiership season, meanwhile, in true PSL fashion, there have already been a couple of venue changes.

Golden Arrows' clash with Pirates on Saturday has been moved from Chatsworth Stadium to King Zwelithini Stadium, while on Sunday Bloemfontein Celtic will play Sundowns at Vodacom Park, and not the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium, as originally scheduled.

Arrows are likely to be without Kagiso Dikgacoi for their game against the Buccaneers as the Bafana midfielder is currently in London hoping to tie up a deal with English Premier League side Fulham.

"He is not here on trial," insisted Dikgacoi's agent Mike Makaab. "They just need to do some physiological tests."

Absa Premiership fixtures

Wednesday: Ajax Cape Town v Maritzburg United (Athlone Stadium, 7.30pm); Bidvest Wits v Santos (Bidvest Stadium, 8pm)

Saturday: Golden Arrows v Orlando Pirates (King Zwelithini Stadium, 3pm); Moroka Swallows v Bay United (Olympia Park, 3pm); Kaizer Chiefs v Thanda Royal Zulu (Loftus Stadium, 8pm); SuperSport United v Free State Stars (Super Stadium, 8pm)

Sunday: Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns (Vodacom Park, 3pm); AmaZulu v Platinum Stars (Princess Magogo Stadium, 3pm).