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Carling Cup Returns With Soweto Derby

The Carling Cup is back and better than ever before, with fans being given many opportunities to get involved in their Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates selection before and throughout the game.

The pre-season friendly between Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will be revived ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, it was announced on Tuesday.

The Carling Cup was launched in 2011 and took place between 2011 and 2019, with the exception of 2018 due to the FIFA World Cup.

It also did not take place in 2020 but will now return ahead of the new campaign but it will return in 2021, on 31 July with a kick-off at 8:00 pm.

“No special effects, this is the real deal. 11 vs 11, a Soweto derby on the field,” Arne Rust, Black Label Brand Director confirmed during the launch.

“We are giving you the fans, the chance to pick the starting XI.

“We believe in empowering our fans. You start off with choosing your team. You have five game changers, you can choose your formation.

“The next one will be choosing your captain, choosing your leader on the day. The armband is a recognition from the fans who they believe should lead the team.

“The next game changer is, we are allowing fans to choose who will take the first penalty in the game.

“The fourth one is, we are allowing the fans to make a live substitution via twitter votes.

“The last one is, fans choose the Man of the Match. They will pick who is having an absolute champion day.

“Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we will not have fans in the stands. But there is one exception, the Champion Coach, who will be in the dugout.”