First Soweto Derby Postponed
The Carling Black Label Cup Between Chiefs & Pirates Has Been Called Off
There will be one less Soweto Derby in the coming season, with the first meeting between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates being postponed until next year.
South Africa's two biggest clubs usually meet in the Carling Black Label Cup prior to the start of the season, although it has been confirmed that that will not be the case this year due to the FIFA World Cup that gets underway in June, although it is expected back in 2019.
AB InBev, the brewing company that owns Black Label, also has Budweiser on their portfolio and say they will be focusing on that sponsorship as an official World Cup partner.
A statement sent out this morning said, "The Carling Black Label Champion Cup will be postponed in 2018, to allow our new stable-mate in the AB InBev portfolio, Budweiser the King of Beers, to activate their global sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup, over the June and July period.
“Our commitment to local football, and the fans of local football, is stronger than ever before: In August 2018 we will launch our new partnership with the Premier Soccer League, which aims to bring our consumers an unprecedented fan experience throughout the season, across all 16 teams, and in 2019 we expect to bring back the Carling Black Label Champion Cup in a refreshed format”.
It now remains to be seen what Chiefs and Pirates will organise as their flagship game for the upcoming pre-season preparations before the 2018/19 campaign gets underway.