Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
27 Jul 2017
9:38 am

Fans stick to firm favourites in Carling Cup

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Chiefs and Pirates fans have selected familiar faces for Saturday's Carling Black Label Cup.

Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Supporters of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have had their say when it comes to who they want to see when the two Soweto giants face each other in the Carling Black Label Cup at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Both line-ups see familiar faces with new signing not getting the nod.

Pirates supoorters, who have been battling with goalkeeper crisis have opted to go with Siyabonga Mpontshane as the shot–stopper for the day, while Chiefs fans have went with their favourite goalkeeper and Bafana Bafana number one Itumeleng Khune behind the sticks.

Khune has been the favourite to start for the seventh year running.

Despite having troubles at the back, Bucs fans have went with the clubs starting with the likes of Thabo Matlaba, Ayanda Gcaba,Happy Jele and Patrick Phungwayo even though they have faced criticism for most of the season.

In central midfield, the Ghosts have selected their favourites Oupa Manyisa, Mpho Makola, Issa Sarr and Luvuyo Memela.

The Chiefs rearguard sees Eric Mathoho, Tsepo Masilela, Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Lorenzo Gordinho.

Amakhosi supporters have opted for Willard Katsande, George Maluleka, Hendrick Ekstein and George Lebese in the midfield.

As expected, both fans from the respective teams have went with their favourite strikers, Tendai Ndoro, Thamsanqa Gabuza, while Gustavo Paez has won the hearts of Chiefs supporters.

The starting line-ups:

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Mathoho, Masilela, Mphahlele, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein, Lebese, Parker and Paez.
Orlando Pirates: Mpontshane, Matlaba, Gcaba, Phungwayo, Jele, Manyisa, Sarr, Makola, Memela, Gabuza and Ndoro.