With the ‘Sold Out’ signs about to go up for the prestigious pre-season fixture, supporters hoping to watch the 2016 Carling cup between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on 30 July 2016 are running out of time.
The Carling Black Label Champion Cup, now in its sixth year, has once again captured the imagination of South African fans, with tickets becoming hot commodities as supporters scramble to be part of the festivities in what is one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures on the domestic football calendar.
Just as has been the case in the previous five years, the FNB Stadium will be a sell out as Consumer Coaches get to see the teams they selected go head-to-head for silverware.
While South African supporters usually leave their ticket purchases for the last minute, the Carling Cup is almost sold out well in advance, with fans showing the high esteem with which they hold the Carling Black Label Champion Cup.
This is displayed not just in the number of fans who fill the stadium, but also by the TV audience figures. This speaks of how engaged the consumer is with the Carling Cup, their involvement in selecting the starting line-ups for the teams, as well as a substitution in the second half, takes their passionate following of the match to an even greater level.
All five of the past Carling Cup matches have been tight affairs, with Pirates winning four, all via penalty shoot-outs, and Chiefs one.
With the big day approaching fast and so many player changes in both squads, fans still have the opportunity to shape the starting line-up for their team by voting in the players they want to see on the pitch.