Carling Cup has once again given two fans of the beautiful game a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Kagisho Moleme and Tsietsi Benny Majoro have officially been revealed as the 2019 Champion Coaches for the annual derby.
These two super fans have been given the all-important task of leading the Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs to victory on the 27th of July. The big reveal took place last night on SABC 1’s Soccer Zone as two fierce competitors rose above the rest and now hold the most exciting job in sports this weekend. Carling Black Label is proud to present the 2019 Champion Coaches.
Tsietsi Benny Majoro is the official Champion Coach for Kaizer Chiefs. The 39-year-old hails from Odendaalsrus near Welkom where he worked on a farm for the past 14 years until he left that job recently to become a truck driver. Majoro says that he is elated at the incredible opportunity given to him by Carling Cup. He further says that he is doing all of this for his wife and four children at home. “This is unbelievable; to me this is unheard of. It is a great experience and I am willing to relish it for years and years to come,” he said.
Majoro has been an avid fan of the Carling Cup since its inception in 2011and says that this is a big moment for someone who comes from his background as things such as these never happen. He says he could never, in his wildest dreams, have imagined that this would happen to him.
The Amakhosi Champion Coach finds the Carling Cup to be very important because it can take someone from anywhere and make them a national hero in a short space of time. And although he won’t reveal his strategy just yet, he is positive that victory is theirs for the taking.
But if he hopes for his team to lift the trophy come match day, he will have to beat out 37-year-old Orlando Pirates Champion Coach, Kagisho Moleme. Hailing all the way from Ladybrand in the Free State, Moleme describes himself as a humble guy who has a deep love for football. And as much as he is having the time of his life on this journey, it doesn’t escape him how big of a moment this is. “The Carling Cup is not a 90-minute thing; it is a life-changer. My life is going to change forever and it will be a blessing,” he said.
He went to say that he has always wanted to be a part of the Carling Cup and to lead his team. “I have seen Kaizer Chiefs dominating for the past two seasons and they took the cup twice in a row. So, I decided to stop torturing myself on the side-lines and entered the competition through radio. I am very happy now that the announcement has been made and I am going to lead my team on Saturday,” he said.
The emotional Buccaneers Champion Coach also remained tight-lipped on his strategy but says that he has a unique strategy to lead his team to victory. And this is the importance of the Carling Cup for him; the fact that fans are given such rare opportunity to take charge of the game.
“The Carling Cup is important because it is all about the fans; the fans that are putting their hands into their pockets, taking out their own money to buy airtime and using it to select their favourite players and affect the rules of the game. That is what the Carling Cup is all about, the fans; they have the power to select their captain, their man-of-the-match, and their substitution,” he said.
“To Carling cup, thank you very much for giving us, the ordinary fans, the opportunity to coach two of South Africa’s best teams. Thank you for trusting us to lead the teams on Saturday,” he concluded.
These two amazing Champion Coaches represent the brand’s continued mission to give fans an unprecedented opportunity to directly influence one of the biggest football rivalries ahead of the upcoming football season. Their passion for the game and for their teams is inspiring and will make for a fascinating match on Saturday.