Brighton Mhlongo's departure means Orlando Pirates supporters will have to make changes in the goalkeeping department for the Carling Black Label
Posted: 21 July 2017 Time: 15:17
Orlando Pirates fans will have to put their thinking caps back on ahead of the Carling Black Label Champions Cup game against Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on the 29th of July 2017, following the departure of goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo to Chippa United.
Mhlongo had been leading the votes for a starting position, but Champion Coaches must now select between the four remaining keepers at the club, including new signing Wayne Sandilands, an arrival from Mamelodi Sundowns. Also in the mix is Siyabonga Mpontshane, Jackson Mabokgwane and young Nigerian gloveman Emmanuel Daniel.
Fans who want to see their top pick between the goalposts against Kaizer Chiefs will have to get voting, with just nine days to the sold out clash of the two Soweto giants that is set to bring the country to a standstill.
Sandilands is a CAF Champions League winner with Sundowns, having played in the second leg of the 2016 final when The Brazilians defeated Zamalek in Alexandria. He is also featuring in his 13th season as a player in the South African top-flight and is undoubtedly the most experienced of the Bucs keepers.
Mpontshane ended the 2016/2017 season as the first choice keeper and played in the Nedbank Cup final. He shared the duties with Mabokgwane, who played through most of the month of May and kept three clean-sheets in a row. Daniel only arrived in the second half of the season and has yet to make his Premier Soccer League bow.
Champion Coaches can vote for their favourite players by purchasing a Carling Black Label beer and dialing *120*660*. They then enter their unique underliner code and then#. Entry is FREE on USSD or they can go to www.carlingblacklabel.co.za.
They will also be able to vote for their preferred formation this year. The four (4) options provided to the fans in the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup are: the oldest but still in regular use 4-4-2, giving both attacking & defensive balance. The offensive 3-5-2 & 3-4-3, placing more players up the pitch for high pressure football and the most popular attacking formation in modern football 4-3-3, leaving enough cover at the back for possible counter-attacks. Champion Coaches can now also vote for the all-out 4-2-3-1 counter-attack formation which was recently revealed by football legend Benni McCarthy.