A fight for the needy
A fight for the needy

Posted in News on Jul 25, 2002.

Four top Premier Soccer League teams - Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Black Leopards and Moroka Swallows - will on Saturday lock horns at FNB Stadium not only for the Telkom Charity trophy but also to help the needy.

Leopards, the debutants, will meet Swallows in the first

semifinal from 9.30am while perennial rivals Chiefs and Pirates

have been pitted for the second game - a derby which has been

described as the final - from 11.30am.

The final of this one-day tournament which the sponsors aimed at

helping various charity organisations throughout South Africa will

start at 4.15pm.

Pirates are the defending champions. They narrowly beat Swallows

1-0 in last year's final of the event where R2-million was raised.

Dark horses Leopards produced a major upset by leading the pack

with 125 450 votes while hot favourites, Chiefs, whose supporters

always fill stadiums in huge numbers, were fourth with only 101 743


Pirates attracted 102 870 votes while Swallows received 109 878


Some of the club owners have openly expressed dissatisfaction

with the format of voting.

Chiefs and Pirates are fresh from a Vodacom Challenge Cup

tournament which was dedicated to the HIV-Aids Awareness campaign.

AmaKhosi, the 2000 and 2001 Silver Kudu trophy champions, saw

their reign come to an end against a stubborn St Eloi Lupopo of the

DR Congo via a 1-0 margin in Durban while Pirates took home R150

000 for finishing third.

The 1999 winners beat Ghana's Asante Kotoko 8-7 on penalty

shoots three weeks ago.

Chiefs and Pirates, who two of the top four teams locally, said

they were honoured to be involved in an event of such a nature.

Thanking their supporters for having faith in them the two

arch-rivals promised good account of themselves.

Participating teams usually use the popular tournament to

showcase their new recruits.

Chiefs have already acquired the services of defender Peter

Matshitse from Swallows, martin Carelse (first division side

Sporting) and Sydney Moshikaro (Ria Stars) during the off-season.

Pirates have also reinforced their team with Zimbabwean

international Edelbert Dinha, Thapelo Liau, Jimmy Tau, Sibusiso

Mazibuko and also promoted several other youngsters from its


Former Pirates captain, Warren Lewis, Papi Mbele from Sundowns,

lesser-known youngsters like Leroy Chetty and Francis Adams have

been signed-up with Swallows.

It was announced that there would also be prizes to be won by

lucky supporters.

"One of them will walk away with a brand new car. Ten lucky

contestants will each of them be given a key to open a Corsa which

he or she will drive away,' said Phillip Zondo of the sponsors.

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