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Carling Defend Carling Knockout Cup Man Of The Match Awards

Carling Black Label brand manager, Shaveer Badul has come out in defence of the Man of the Match awards in the Carling Knockout Cup, saying it empowers fans to choose who they think deserves the award.

Some of the PSL coaches have had their say on the Man of the Match awards since the competition started last month, with the R100,000 prize money being a big talking point in the football fraternity.

Golden Arrows coach Mabhuti Khenyeza was among the more critical voice, calling it “a joke”, saying some players who received the award hardly broke a sweat in influencing the game, making an example of Cape Town City’s Khanyisa Mayo, who earned it but lost 3-1 to Abafana Bes’Thende.   

But Badul believes, if fans are choosing who they want, there is nothing they can do and those complaining should vote to give it to the player that deserves it in their opinion.  

“So with the Man of the Match, it is open up to the fans to choose who the Man of the Match is,” Badul told iDiski Times.

“So it’s not a small cabal of people just choosing who the Man of the Match is – it’s not like five or 10 people in the room, thousands of fans are voting for it and I think that is beautiful because we are empowering people.

“It is up to the people to choose who they believe. If they disagree, it is up to them to change it. If they agree, then they can vote and that is the thing.

“And the Man of the Match voting is free and it is open during the match. You just need to dial *120*60# and choose the team, choose the player – done.

“We want to empower our fans to have their voices heard. The man of the match is in the fans’ hands, it’s in the hands of the public.”     

After the quarter-final matches were played over the weekend, the Carling Knockout semi-finals match-ups were drawn on Monday – with Richards Bay, who beat Orlando Pirates, hosting Stellenbosch, while AmaZulu, who knocked out Arrows, host TS Galaxy. These games will take place next month.  

The final of this cup will take place on the 16 December at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.