• Carling Black Label Cup cancelled

    Ryan Moon of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Thami Sangweni of Orladno Pirates in the 2017 Carling Black Label Cup.

    The organisers of the Carling Black Label Cup have called off next season’s curtain-raiser due to the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

    Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs usually meet in the competition prior to the start of the South Afriican domestic season but the orgainsers revealed in a statement on Monday morning that the next edition will not take place.

    The statement said, ‘The Carling Black Label Champion Cup will be postponed in 2018, to allow our new stable-mate in the AB InBev portfolio, Budweiser the King of Beers, to activate their global sponsorship of the Fifa World Cup, over the June and July period.

    ‘AB InBev intends to leverage the company’s global sponsorship of the Fifa 2018 World Cup to bring fans a unique and engaging experience of the global showpiece. Activities are planned in South Africa throughout the duration of the tournament, over June and July, the period which traditionally hosts the Carling Black Label Champion Cup.’

    Meanwhile, Grant Pereira, Carling Black Label’s director, added: ‘We fully understand our consumers’ anticipation of the Carling Black Label Champion Cup as it has become South Africa’s most sought-after pre-season showpiece. However, as Budweiser is now part of our AB InBev family, it is the company’s intent to celebrate and support the activations around the FIFA World Cup and allow fans the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the tournament.

    ‘Our commitment to local football, and the fans of local football, is stronger than ever before: In August 2018 we will launch our new partnership with the Premier Soccer League, which aims to bring our consumers an unprecedented fan experience throughout the season, across all 16 teams, and in 2019 we expect to bring back the Carling Black Label Champion Cup in a refreshed format.’

    Fans will now have to wait and see what the clubs plan for their pre-season preparations before the 2018/19 campaign gets underway.

    Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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