Cape Town - The
recent departures at Kaizer Chiefs have affected the voting for the Carling
Black Label Cup, but the event's organisers have moved to clarify the
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On Tuesday, numerous departures were announced at Naturena,
with the most high profile of those being Itumeleng Khune, Tefu Mashamaite and
Mandla Masango's exits.
That has since led to uncertainty surrounding the 2015 CBLC,
where Khune has - for the fifth straight year - led the voting charts, but an
official statement on their website have since clarified the situation.
"The Carling Black Label Cup have noted developments at
Kaizer Chiefs with regards to the departure of certain Kaizer Chiefs
players," read the statement on the official Carling Black Label Cup
"The fact that these players will leave Kaizer Chiefs
at the end of their contracts means they are no longer eligible to play in the
5th edition of the Carling Black Label Cup.
"We understand that this will be disappointing to
millions of supporters who cast their votes, including those in favour of
Itumeleng Khune and Tefu Mashamaite in the starting line-up.
"However, we believe that there is still an abundance
of talent for fans to select their strongest line-up in the remaining Kaizer
"Other players leaving Kaizer Chiefs are Katlego
Mphela, Siyabonga Nkosi, Phakamani Mngadi and Josta Dladla, while Simphiwe
Mtsweni, Zitha Macheke, Chris Matombo, Levy Mokgothu and Ovidy Karuru will be
loaned out. They will also not be eligible to play in the 5th edition of the
Carling Black Label Cup.
"Carling Black Label would like to assure fans who
voted for these players that they are still eligible to win the Champion Coach
prize. This is an unparalleled experience that affords the winners to be part
of the technical team.
"Since the inception of this unique and innovative
campaign in 2011, fans have been able to choose the squad of players they want
to see on the pitch and, barring a few instances of injury, their wishes have