Absa Premiership

CBLC clarify voting changes

2015-06-04 08:36
Carling Black Label Cup trophy

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 situation.

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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 website.

"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 Chiefs squad.

"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 materialised."

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