Soweto sports fans are in for a treat this winter as two major sporting events are scheduled to take place in the historic township located in the heart of the City of Gold. Carling Black Label, alongside the two Soweto Giants, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates as well as Stadium Management have made the decision to move the Carling Black Label Cup to the Orlando Stadium; for the very first time since the Cup’s inception in 2011. Having played at the infamous calabash, FNB Stadium for the past decade the stakeholders saw an opportunity to commemorate the success of the Cup through the years by hosting the match at a venue that is a stone throw away from where both teams originate. The venue change will see stable mate, Castle Lager host the British Irish Lions series match between the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions on the 31st of July 2021 while the Carling Black Label Cup match will be moved to the 1st of August 2021 to a 17h00 kick-off. Thus, ensuring South Africans will be rewarded with an action-packed weekend of the best sporting entertainment.
“Although we would have loved to have Champion voices in-stadia to witness the very first Carling Black Label Cup at the spectacular Orlando Stadium, we will ensure that viewers have a memorable experience from the comfort of their homes. The Orlando Stadium also provides the perfect backdrop for the Soweto Derby. Furthermore, we believe this change of venue will only affect the fan experience positively.” Said Carling Black Label brand director, Arné Rust.
The past eight Carling Black Label Cup clashes between the Soweto Giants have been played to a sold out FNB Stadium with five victories for Orlando Pirates in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2019; closely followed by their rivals Kaizer Chiefs with three wins in 2013, 2016 and 2017.