Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, captain of both Kaizer Chiefs and the South African national team, has received the most votes than any player on either side in the last two years, proving that he is the most popular player in the country. Khune received R2.6-million votes last year alone and will be a huge favourite to be the leading nominee in 2014 again as fans select their teams for this year’s showpiece encounter against Orlando Pirates that will take place at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 26 July at 15h00.
Khune says that the faith Kaizer Chiefs fans have shown in him has been a big boost to his confidence. “It is great for me to get that recognition from the supporters. To know that you have their backing and that they believe in you as a player. The supporters are a huge part of any football club and we are fortunate enough to have millions right across South Africa.”
The hugely popular Champion Coaches competition returns again for this year, with two lucky winners, one each for Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, winning a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be at training, sit in on the pre-match briefing and take their place on the bench with their favourite team on match day.
All supporters who cast their votes for all eleven positions in their team’s starting line-up will be automatically entered into this competition. A weekly winner from each team will be will be selected leading up to the Final Section where they vie for the final two spots.
Orlando Pirates won the first two instalments of the Carling Black Label Cup in 2011 and 2012, on both occasions via penalty shoot-outs, while Kaizer Chiefs edged the game 1-0 last year thanks to a goal from Lehlohonolo Majoro. In a twist of fate, Orlando Pirates fans will be able to vote for Majoro in the 2014 edition after he made the move to The Buccaneers in January.