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Final Carling All-Star XI Revealed, Incl. Big Khune Twist

The official Carling All-Star team to take on Carling Knockout Cup champions Stellenbosch FC has been announced, and it includes Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

In the latest updates, Khune had dropped out of the line-up following his internal suspension at Amakhosi, but he has now returned in the official XI that was announced on Friday.

NOTE: Kaizer Chiefs have since announced that Khune remains suspended from all Football all-related activities and is ineligible for the Carling All-Star XI.

The Carling All-Star team will take on Carling Knockout champions Stellenbosch FC at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on 6th of January 2024, in the revised Carling Black Label Cup after almost three million votes were cast.

Fans were able to vote for their favourite players from across Premier Division and Diski Challenge teams, to form the real-life fantasy team that is the Carling All-Stars. The team features players from AmaZulu FC, as well as Soweto sides Chiefs and Pirates.

Erasmus proved to be the most voted for player, receiving 39 691 votes with Du Preez a close second with 38 766 votes – the pair will join forces to lead the Carling All-Star’s attack.

The midfield will consist of Kaizer Chiefs’ Edson Castillo, who will line up alongside three Diski Challenge players – Kagiso Mnguni from Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs’ highly rated Mfundo Vilakazi and AmaZulu’s Siphamandla Zikhali.

Olisa Ndah from Buccaneers and Usuthu’s Ramahlwe Mphahlele will be the Carling All-Star’s centre backs. At fullback, champion fans chose Usuthu’s Diski Challenge player Masibonge Ngidi and Jabulani Mokone from Amakhosi’ Diski Challenge.

Khune will be in goal for the Carling All-Star side after receiving the third highest number of votes, making this his 10th Carling Black Label Cup edition.


Interestingly, none of the contested fixtures have ended without a goal. If this record continues, one lucky champion fan could win up to R900 000 through Fak ‘iGoal Uzobona activationan innovation by the Carling Black Label brand to push teams to score early to bring the energy into the match.

To walk away with the prize money, all champion fans must do is guess what minute of the game the first goal will be scored in the Carling Cup and by which team. The amount will decrease by R10 000 with each passing minute without a goal.

The amount that will be remaining when the first goal is scored will be received by the lucky champion fan, while the team that scores that goal will also get the exact amount.

The much talked about R100 000 prize for the Man of the Match that will be voted for by fans will also make an appearance. Stellies’ forward Iqraam Rayners could finish the tournament with half a million, having bagged four Man of the Match awards during the Carling Knockout to pocket R400 000.

Carling Black Label have not only given champion supporters a voice, but they have also been rewarding them with thousands of rands while also awarding players the biggest cheque on the continent for a Man of the Match accolade.

New Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane will host the team chosen by fans across South Africa, with almost 3-million votes cast. The Carling Cup promises a great day of entertainment and football festivities for fans. With the Carling Knockout being one of the highest scoring competitions in the country, bodes well for the Carling Cup being an exciting encounter.

Tickets are already on sale at TicketPro outlets nationwide and online for only R40 for this one-of-a- kind match.

David Kappel
David Kappel
David Kappel has served as a renowned international editor and content manager for almost a decade. David specialises in ensuring content and social media posts are highly engaging for football fans and was previously the international editor at Soccer Laduma. He is currently the iDiski Times website editor and social strategist.