By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
KAIZER Chiefs and Orlando Pirates continues to enjoy the unfair advantage in the field of play after yet another cup competition subjected only to the two Soweto giants.
As if the forthcoming money-spinning annual Vodacom Challenge that will involve the two sides and visitors, Tottenham Hotspur is not enough, yesterday saw the launching of the Carling Cup which will see Chiefs and Pirates take each other on July 30 at the FNB Stadium.
The launching of the Carling Cup comes hardly two months after the Premier Soccer League discontinued the Telkom Charity Cup, the competition which has in the past 25 years helped the needy charity organisations with the league’s chairman Irvin Khoza citing league congestion as one of the reason to their decision.
This means both Chiefs and Pirates will be the busiest clubs in the country during this coming off-season with the Carling Cup taking place shortly after the Vodacom Challenge which is scheduled for 16-21 June in three cities, Polokwane (July 16, Chiefs v Hotspur), Nelspruit (July 19, Pirates v Hotspurs), Port Elizabeth (Chiefs v Pirates) and Johannesburg (July 23, Chiefs/Pirates v Hotspur).
In total, Chiefs and Pirates would have played between three and four matches, depending which club will reach the final match of the Vodacom Challenge on May 23 in a short space 15 days while players from other clubs will be kicking their heal in their long wait for the official league matches probably to start in August.
On a positive note though, the Carling Cup is expected to be full of excitement where in lucky fans of both the clubs will have a chance to be coaches during the live match on that day.
Fans will be allowed to select the starting line-up for the match using a USSD mechanics which is clearly explained on limited bottles of Carling Black Label.
The excited Chiefs MD, Kaizer Motaung said as the club they are excited by the fact that Carling has come aboard as sponsors of this tournament.
“This is our continued relationship with the SAB which backdates as far as the 70s, and we are excited that the relationship is still strong,” said Motaung who has warned fans not to abuse alcohol just because Carling is the sponsors of this tournament
Khoza echoed on Motaung’ sentiments, saying that the tournament which will last for the next five years as per the contract will change the country’s football for better.