The Carling Black Label Cup returns again this year but in a different format as four teams will take part instead of the usual two. Since the competition’s inception in 2011, this has been a pre-season cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates with their starting line-ups being voted by fans.
This year, the fans got to vote for their favourite teams to take part and Chiefs, Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu got the highest number of votes. As usual, the followers of the game also had an opportunity to choose the line-ups.
The Buccaneers are the most successful club in the competition having won it five times while Amakhosi have come out victorious four times. In 2018, the Carling Black Label Cup was cancelled due to the FIFA World Cup while in 2020 it was abandoned because of COVID-19.
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Let’s take a look at the previous winners:
2011 – Orlando Pirates won 4-3 on penalties after 0-0 in 90 minutes.
2012 – Orlando Pirates won 5-4 on penalties after 1-1 in 90 minutes.
2013 – Kaizer Chiefs won 1-0.
2014 – Orlando Pirates won 6-5 on penalties after 0-0 in 90 minutes.
2015 – Orlando Pirates won 4-3 on penalties after 1-1 in 90 minutes.
2016 – Kaizer Chiefs won 2-0.
2017 – Kaizer Chiefs won 1-0.
2018 – The competition was cancelled due to the FIFA World Cup.
2019 – Orlando Pirates won 2-0.
2020 – The competition was cancelled due to COVID-19.
2021 – Kaizer Chiefs won 4-3 on penalties after 0-0.
All matches will be staged at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 12 November.
Usuthu and the Brazilians will meet in the first semi-final at 9:30 AM before Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates lock horns in the second one at 12:00 PM. The third place winner will be determined through the penalty shoot-out that will take place at 15:30 before the final kicks off at 17:00.
Who will hoist the Carling Black Label Cup 2022?