By BUSISIWE MOKWENA
THE current Premiership comes to an end next week Saturday, May 26, yet fans of the two Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are already preparing the curtain raiser for the 2012/13 season in the form of the Carling Black Label cup.
This one day tournament which marks its second edition this year is the first of its kind in Mzansi as it gives football fans a chance to be coaches for their respective teams by selecting the squads through sms. The fans also have the power to substitute players on the day of the match.
The match is set for July 28 at the FNB Stadium and it remains to be seen if Chiefs will avenge their 4-3 loss to Pirates in the inaugural competition last year at the same venue on July 30 last year. These after the two sides were dead-locked to a goalless draw after the regulated 90 minutes.
Buccaneers’ chairman Irvin Khoza believes his side will retain the cup however he stressed that it depends on the fans to do so.
“This tournament lifts the weight on our shoulders as fans complain every time the team loses. This is a chance for them to take reigns and lead their teams so that when the team loses, they know it is their fault and not ours.”
Over the seven weeks the campaign ran in 2011 there were a total of 10.5 million votes.
Also, the campaign gave 36 coaches in the SAB league a chance to improve their coaching skills through a week long workshop with Bafana Bafana coach, Pitso Mosimane.
The course aims to train 180 grass-root level coaches over five years.