Khoza hails cup tournament
Orlando Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza believes there is a unique appeal to the format of the Black Label Cup.
Pirates meet fellow Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs in the one-off match at FNB Stadium on July 28.
“We do things differently, which keeps us relevant in football,” Khoza said at the launch of the match in Johannesburg today.
“This is a very innovative tournament. It’s also helping in educating the fans on what it takes to organise a team, what it takes to be the coach and what it takes to prepare the team before a big game.”
The format allows fans to vote for their preferred starting line-ups as well as being able to make live substitutions during the match. The theme of the event is termed “Be the Coach”.
The Buccaneers won last year’s inaugural game in a penalty shootout.
Khoza said the event also provided valuable information for the clubs about their fans.
“It gives us a sense as to what the supporters think of their players,” he said.
“All of us have opinions about why they would leave a player outside the line-up.
“So for the first time it makes a good forum to understand why the players aren’t in the starting team or coming on as a substitute, whether they may be an impact player or whatever impact that person will have on the team.”
The tournament ambassador, former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe, believed it would be as successful as the inaugural event.
“This year I think it’s going to be an even bigger success,” Radebe said.
“We think there will be triple the number of votes.
“It’s the people that matter most – the fans – it’s their say.
“This is a chance for them to put a name down, to make a substitute.
“It brings more excitement to the game the closer you are to the game.”