A big fixture on the South African football calendar has been called off!
The Carling Black Label Cup, a pre-season friendly between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, which had become a staple diet for fans across Mzansi has had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak and a shift in the planning for the season.
“Following the South African government’s decision to ban all public gatherings and the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak globally, Carling Black Label in conjunction with their partners, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Stadium Management convened a meeting where all parties concluded that the 2020 Carling Black Label Cup and all related activities should be cancelled,” read a statement from the organisers.
“The premise of the Carling Black Label Cup is fan engagement, therefore with COVID-19 regulations, there are limitations in optimally engaging with the football loving fans, media, teams and every other stakeholder involved in this unique spectacle.”
Every year the fans vote for the starting line-up for both teams and even pick substitutes, this has been the case since 2011 when the competitions launched.
“Since 2011, Carling Black Label has been at the forefront of football sponsorship through this world’s first pre-season tournament which gave football fans the opportunity to select their starting line-up,” the statement read further.
“Over the years, the sponsorship has given fans more power over the game i.e. selection of match-day formation, selection of captains, control over player substitutions, selection of the Man-of-the-Match and the opportunity of a lifetime – to be The Champion Coach.”
The new season is expected to get underway on October 9.
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