WITH just over two weeks to go before the Carling Black Label Cup taking place at FNB stadium on July 27, supporters of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs may be faced with an interesting challenge, with regards to selecting the starting line-ups for the showpiece.
Both clubs recently announced new signees and based on their profiles, the latest recruits could add excitement to the campaign and maybe produce firepower come match day. But that decision lies in the hands of their fans – who have till midnight, July 23 to vote for them.
Kaizer Chiefs have delighted their fans by re-signing Zimbabwe international striker Knowledge Musona on loan from German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. Musona who was affectionally known as ‘The Smiling Assassin” to his fans, lived up to his nickname in his first spell with Chiefs, scoring 28 goals in 49 starts for the Naturena club between 2009 and 2011.
It was a scoring ratio that endeared him to the AmaKhosi faithful, who will be delighted that he is back to add to their options up front, which also include Bafana Bafana internationals Bernard Parker, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Sthembiso Ngcobo in addition to Kaizer Motaung Jnr and Zimbabwe international Kingston Nkhatha.
Orlando Pirates have also added to their star quality with the acquisition of Ghana international goalkeeper Fatau Dauda. The 28-year-old has made the number one position his own with the Black Stars, more so that his impressive form also earned a place in the squad that recently played in the 2013 African Cup of Nations here in South Africa.
He arrives from Ashanti Gold Sporting Club in his homeland and is expected give competition to Pirates number one Senzo Meyiwa.
Pirates have also signed right-winger Joseph Molangoane, who joins from Platinum Stars. The exciting talent is fresh off a six-month loan spell at AmaZulu, and on his day can devastate defences with his trickery on the ball.
Also on the Pirates books are striker Lennox Bacela from Bloemfontein Celtic, wingers Aubrey Ngoma – who was on loan at University of Pretoria and William Thwala from FCAK.
If supporters would like to see any of these stars in action at the 2013 Carling Black Label Cup, there is still time to vote them into the starting line-up before the big team reveals on 24 July 2013.
Supporters can do this by purchasing a Carling Black Label beer and dialling *120*764* on their cell phones.
Fans must then enter their unique code found on the underside of the bottle cap and the # sign (with no spaces in between), and can then choose the team they would like to manage, and the players they would like to see start. The voting is free of charge to the public.
Those supporters who cast their votes can win great prizes, including a share of R3-million worth of airtime as well as match tickets for the sold-out showpiece event on July 27 and, best of all, a coach’s experience with either Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs on match day.
One of the unique features of the Carling Black Label Cup is the fantastic prize that will allow two lucky fans to experience their team in training, sit in the pre-match briefing and be part of the dug-out with their favourite team. This is a once in a life-time experience for adult consumers.