Kaizer Chiefs Legend Neil Tovey, goes down memory lane and speaks about the Iwisa Cup, which is the equivalent of the modern day upcoming Carling Black Label Cup.
The Carling Cup is a competition created for the fans, where the supporters select their starting XI’s via a voting system, as well as the captains on the day.
“Generally the Iwisa maize meal was a season opener, sort of a charity competition of the four most supported teams,” Chiefs legend Neil Tovey told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
“Which is the same case now, and it’s a really good day for the fans, and the first game is always awkward because all your times gets put out. You don’t usually play your matches at nine o’clock in the morning, so things are different in terms of your sleep patterns, waking up and having your pre-match meals and all of that.”
In the next stanza, the former Mamelodi Sundowns Caretaker coach goes through what it takes to get through such an intense day, especially if you end up playing two games. In the past the Iwisa Cup was used as an introduction to the new season, but this time the Carling Black label Cup will be used to create entertainment, seeing that our national team will not be participating in the FIFA World Cup.
“It’s a wonderful day where you have to manage squads, because two games a day, not many players can do that, you know, “continued the former AmaZulu coach.
“Some of us did it every time but people right now will say it’s not possible anymore. As a player you don’t have to do anything less, you just have to manage your process throughout the day, make sure you continue to have an intake of fluids and make sure you manage your energy levels. I’ve won many Iwisa cups with Kaizer chiefs, and it’s the beginning of the season and it’s always good to get one over your rivals, so it’s always very special.”
The unique tournament will take place this Saturday, when Mamelodi Sundowns take on AmaZulu in the first semi-final at 9:30. Chiefs and Pirates will meet in a Soweto Derby to decide the second finalist in their semi-final at 12:00, and the final set to be played at 17:00, whilst the third place is to be determined via a direct penalty shootout.