Kaizer Chiefs fans seem to have made a surprise selection for the Carling Black Label Cup after they voted for Eric Mathoho in the starting XI.

Eric Mathoho has been an outcast since late last season. Newcomers Zitha Kwinika and Dove Wome preferred at the heart of central defence.

But as they are empowered with team selection, Amakhosi fans named him in their team to face Orlando Pirates in the one-day tournament. The tournament will take place at FNB Stadium on November 12.

Kaizer Chiefs fans back four

The lanky defender forms part of a back-four alongside Njabulo Ngcobo, Sfiso Hlanti and Reeve Frosler. With more than 28,000 votes, Mathoho is the player with the most votes across the four teams, which will participate in the event.

AmaZulu will take on Mamelodi Sundowns in the first semifinal of the day.

Other club choices

Khama Billiat is up for contention as well, although he has hardly seen action of late. Elsewhere, there are little surprises as Pirates fans predictably included Thembinkosi Lorch, while Sundowns have selected two right-backs in Thapelo Morena and Khuliso Mudau.

Kaizer Chiefs fans pick Eric Mathoho
Kaizer Chiefs fans pick Eric Mathoho

AmaZulu also have two right-backs in Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Thembela Sikhakhane. The lineups could still change as voting closes only on 6 November.

“The selection of the teams may have closed. However, as the Champion Coaches of their teams, fans must now select which players they want to see take on the field come match-day.

“They can vote for the Starting XI until the 6th of November. When the fans will then determine who their match-day captain will be. Then on match- day, once again, the fans will decide on which player deserves to be the man of the match,” said Carling Black Label brand director Arné Rust.

Tickets to the one-day event are on sale. Fans are now urged to secure their places and avoid a last-minute rush. Match-day tickets can only be purchased through Ticketmaster or Computicket (including selected Shoprite/Checkers stores).

One ticket will grant fans access to a full day of matches and are available in three categories. Level 5 which sells for R80, Level 1 (R140) and Level 2 (R200).