BY REGINALD KANYANE
South African football loving fans continue to rally behind their teams in the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup Campaign. Supporters of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have cast over 6,3 million votes to date.
Both teams are starting to take shape with two weeks left for players who are currently not in pole position to make late advancements, but it all boils down to the Champion Coaches’ selections.
For this year’s campaign football loving fans have been tasked with choosing the formation for their sides and both supporters of the mighty Amakhosi and the Buccaneers have so far chosen the tried and trusted 4-4-2 for the clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, 29 July 2017.
Over the last two weeks, the two teams have been active in the transfer market providing fans with exciting players to choose from. If Champion Coaches would like to see the new signees showcase their skills in this pre-season showpiece they may effectively do so as all newly recruited players are included in the voting system.
Kaizer Chiefs’ latest signing is versatile forward Bhongolethu Jayiya, who played a huge role in Cape Town City’s fairytale season under coach Eric Tinkler. Jayiya can play the position of either a winger or a forward who created headlines last season when he scored the fastest hat-trick in Premier Soccer League history.
If pace and skill is what supporters would like to add to their starting-eleven, then Jayiya could be that much-needed link in the Kaizer Chiefs attacking unit.
Newly signed Midfielder Philani Zulu could also provide Champion Coaches with the much-needed attacking qualities, as he frequently scores and creates goals.
Amakhosi recently signed Zimbabwean international defender Teenage Hadebe, on the defensive side. Hadebe comes with a fine pedigree as an experienced Warriors star who could further assist in solidifying the defence.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates have made a major signing of their own, bringing Thami Sangweni to the club to add some steel to their midfield and attacking potential.
In hope of steering The Sea Robbers to right direction, the Bafana international is sets to forge a strong alliance with the likes of Oupa Manyisa, Mpho Makola and Issa Sarr.
These changes to the teams not only provide Consumer Coaches with the chance to change their starting line-up, but also their formations if they believe the new arrivals can give them other options.
Potential Champion Coaches who are over the age of 18 can stand a chance of winning the Carling Black Label Champion Cup match day experience where two lucky fans will join their favourite team in training, sit in the pre-match briefing and be part of the technical set-up on match day.
If either set of Champion Coaches want to make changes to their side ahead of the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup, they can do so by purchasing a Carling Black Label beer and dialing *120*660*.
They then enter their unique underliner code and then#. Entry is FREE on USSD or they can go to www.carlingblacklabel.co.za.
Voting for the 2017 Carling Champion Cup closes at midnight on Tuesday, 25th July 2017.