PSL launches new tournament

PSL chairman Irvin Khoza on Friday launched a once-off, one-day tournament where four teams will be voted for by the fans and will play in the format of the old Charity Cup.

The 2022 Carling Cup will be played on 12 November, during the Fifa World Cup which will take place in Qatar.

The top four teams with the most fans will be drawn against one another, where it will be determined which teams will battle it out in the first semi-final, and then who will be in the penultimate final. The two winners of the semi-finals will face off in the final.

This tournament will bring back memories of the old Iwisa Spectacular and the Telkom Charity Cup where four teams used to dazzle fans in a one-day tournament. These tournaments were used by clubs to prepare the teams for the new season and for the coaches to analyse their squads and readiness.

All 16 eligible teams that will be voted for will each get R100 000 each. The top four that will participate will get R2 million each. All the votes will be audited, just like in previous years and tournaments. The winner will get R1 million on top of the other mentioned prizes. There’s also a prize for fans. One lucky supporter will get to win R500 000 just for voting.

“After the announcement of the 2023 Carling Knockout Cup, our long-term partners SAB, were eager to come back as a Cup sponsor, but unfortunately the constraints imposed by the World Cup calendar did not allow this in 2022. They proposed an innovative appetiser for the 2023 Knockout Cup, the 2022 Carling Cup to take place as a one-day affair on 12 November. This was welcomed by the exco, especially for the partner that has been so good at marketing and positioning football in the country and would be great for spectators to have a window-view of what would happen in the 2023 Knockout Cup season,” said  Khoza.

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