It will be the battle of the townships when teams selected by their local taverns take each other head on in the round-robin structured tournament at the popular Phomolong Stadium in Tembisa on Saturday.
One of the few tournaments that truly celebrate local heroes, the 2014 Carling League of Champions will provide the platform for communities to become Champions as taverns from Tembisa, Tsakane, Midrand, Ivory Park and Vosloorus battle it out for a spot in the Champions Finals Weekend to be played in July at the Nike Sports Centre in Soweto.
The stakes will be even higher this year as the R20 000-prized Carling Black Label-sponsored tournament kicks off at what is expected to be a packed Phomolong Stadium.
Pietersburg XI, the Tsakane-based outfit who won the tournament in its inception in 2012 and successfully defended it in 2013, will want to continue their impressive dominance in this unique tournament. However, Amavarara FC and Mapolanka FC will want to make their home fans proud as they will be flying the Tembisa flag on the day.
Tournament debutants, Ivory Park FC and Sbu Boys FC from Vosloorus will not make it easy for their more fancied opponents and will aim at dishing up a top-drawer performance to dethrone defending champions, Pietersburg XI.
The defending champions’ team manager, Jeffrey Mokgofe, assured fans that they will continue firing from all cylinders and maintain their dominance in this tournament but conceded that competition will be stiffer this time around.
“The pressure will obviously be on us as double champions of this tournament. We have tasted the success of it and the players will certainly want to experience the pleasures of being champions for the third time. We have our community to make proud and don’t take it for granted that we have won it twice in succession. It will be even tougher this year but our boys are ready for the showdown come Saturday,” Mokgofe said.
The first set of matches kick off at 9am.