FANS CAN NOW CHOOSE FORMATION
THE Carling Black Label Champion Cup featuring Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates has proven to be quite a popular event on the football calendar.
Tickets are officially sold out — 12 days ahead of the muchanticipated showpiece on July 29.
The overwhelming reaction by South African football fans, for the past six years, shows that this is an extraordinary derby that distinguishes itself from others as it gives them the privilege to Be the Champion Coach by influencing the starting lineup. This year, the fan experience was further enhanced by allowing fans to also select their preferred formation.
Carling Black Label brand director Samori Gambrah expressed his delight at the response: “This is another milestone for us at Carling Black Label. It speaks volumes about the initiative, and demonstrates that the fans are hungry for football action during the recess.
“The Carling Black Label Champion Cup comes at the right time whereby fans are anxious to see their new signees in action and also witness their team’s preseason preparations. We would like to thank our Champion Coaches for their continued engagement and support of this unique initiative.
“We knew that partnering with the two teams in this campaign will transcend football. I cannot think of a better way to preview the upcoming season other than with a classic encounter between Kaizer Chiefs and their arch rivals Orlando Pirates in a stadium packed to capacity.”
Although tickets are sold out, fans still have an opportunity to influence the outcome of the day and the starting lineup.
Consumers can do this by purchasing a Carling Black Label beer and dialling *120*660*. And then enter their unique code found on the underside of the bottle cap and the # sign (with no spaces in between), and they can then choose the formation and change their starting lineup.
Voting is free and will be closed at midnight on July 25.
Orlando Pirates great Jerry Skhosana (left) and current players Thamsanqa Sangweni and Abbubaker Mobara show off the club’s new kit by Adidas at a function in Johannesburg yesterday.