Charity Cup at a glance

2010-08-03 11:49

Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu will kick-off this year’s edition of

the Telkom Charity Cup at Soccer City on Saturday.

Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns will face off in the second

semifinal.

AmaZulu, who raked in 12 437 votes to finish second in the polls,

will attempt to emulate Bloemfontein Celtic who became the first club outside

Gauteng to win the one-day PSL club pre-season competition when Siwelele

clinched the 2007 edition.

Pirates are the defending champions having won the previous two

competitions in Mafikeng and Rustenburg.

The Buccaneers got 113 086 which was 903 votes more than what

Amakhosi amassed to finish fourth, while Sundowns topped with 191 384 after

close of voting.

The launch this morning in Nasrec signalled the return of the local

game to “the home of soccer “ in the form of the tradition-steeped event.

The tournament was being hosted outside Johannesburg in the past

three years as the stadium underwent refurbishment for the World Cup.

Ironically, Chiefs will be on a chase of an elusive Charity Cup

title after they last lifted the charity trophy at the same venue seven years

ago. The same applies to Sundowns whose hat trick between 2004 and 2006 was

never replicated.

The four participants are expected to parade their new signings,

with likes of Daine Klate, Clifford Ngobeni and Patrick Malokase set to make

their debut for Pirates, who will also reveal their new strip.

New coach Manqoba

Mngqithi will call the shots on the Usuthu bench.

Chiefs, who already have ex-Free State Stars striker in their

books, will unveil additional new players later this week.

PSL marketing manager Zola Nkuta said the gates will open at 8am

and trains have been made available to ferry fans in and out of the Nasrec

Station which was put back to its tracks during the World Cup At a glance:

AmaZulu vs Pirates (10am)

Chiefs vs Sundowns (12pm)


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