The fans have decided, these are the teams decided by the fans after voting in the region 10.s million votes.
- 32 Khune, 2 Tau, 5 Isaacs, 3 Sweswe, 28 Molekwane, 9 Dladla, 14 Tshabalala, 22 Masango, 11 Nale, 26 Khune, 23 Ngcobo
Amakhosi fans have voted for an unorthodox team without Reneilwe and Tenashe Nengomashe in the spine and a conventional left-back. Tlou Molekwane will have to slot in at the left-back position in a rare start for the young full back, last time he played at left-back was in a league clash between Chiefs and Sundowns in Durban at the Moses Mabhida stadium, it is not a game the young man will like to be reminded of, as it was his mistake that saw Katlego Mphela score an easy goal.
Tshabalala will have to slot in midfield after out voting his fellow rasta man Reneilwe, it is a position he has enjoyed in recent times, and will require him to be more disciplined in his forays forward.
In attack, Sthembiso Ngcobo, who is close to being the forgotten frontman at Naturena, after the departure of Musona to Hoffenheim, and the arrival of Majoro and Parker from Amazulu and Twente respectively. Anyway, Ngcobo, the KwaZulu-Natal born forward will lead the attack with young Lucky Khune in support. Could this be Khune’s season to shine after the departure of our other young forward, Knowledge Musona?
- 16 Josephs, 4 Jele, 28 Mahamutsa, 14 Lekgwathi, 38 Cloete, 20 Manyisa, 15 Jali, 12, Mayambela, 18 Mbuyane, 29 Msowoya, 9 Ndulula
The only complaint the Bucaneers can probably have for this team is that Sangweni is absent, and the inclusion of Msowoya in attack. But who would they rather have in any case, Benni McDonald, I mean McCarthy?
It’s a different setup for Orlando Pirates, not their usual 4-4-1-1 system, they will have to play with a 4-4-2, without their men in the hole that usually makes up a third man in midfield.
There is a return for Moeneeb Josephs who has been missing in action lately, what a huge bonus he’ll be for the Bucs, given he’s not high on medication of course.
Up front, Bongane Ndulula has yet another opportunity to show the Pirates coaching staff that he can lead the attack of Pirates. Msowoya will be hoping to make an impression, as he and Otorugo look like they are further down the pecking order in the clubs plans.
Carling have invested millions in this competition, and they are already laughing to the bank two days before the one-off match on Saturday.
A reported 10.5 million votes have been registered for the line-ups of the two Soweto giants in the Carling Black Label Cup. Now, at R2 per SMS, that means the brewerie can expect an initial return of R21-million, not including expenses incurred of course.
Furthermore, on matchday, SMS lines will be opened to fans all over the country, whether in your lounge, a pub, or at the stadium, arling are so kind, they will allow you, to tell the coach, who to substitute, of course, at a little price of R2 per SMS. There is no evaluating how much they will make from that initiative, but I believe it is an amount in the mega-millions.
However, 2 lucky fans, 1 from Pirates, another from Chiefs, will walk away with R500,000 each, just a lil token of the sponsors appreciation for all the votes that streamed in throughout the country.
With 80,000 fans expected at the FNB Stadium, gate receipts are in the R3-million plus region, again more money for the organisers, and guess what, it’s still JUST pre-season, MTN, Telkom, Nedbank and ABSA, are still queuing up to make some money too.
Anyway, that’s all she wrote, sports writers have been critical for the influx of pre-season derbies, and yes they have a point, perhaps our football needs to take the next step too, yes we appreciate the commercial support, but that should not be the and-all-and-be-all of our football, perhaps a tour of Austrailia or Japan could do our football better then getting our asses whipped by the likes of Spurs, United and what-not.
Do I care who wins this weekend, no not really, will I watch, hell yeah! But let that not fool you into thinking I’ll have a glass of Carling Black Label before me.