Tau spent successful years at both Soweto clubs and believe both clubs will be taking the fixture seriously with the start of the Absa Premiership just a week away, he says:
“It’s a very interesting Cup competition because it affords the supporters a chance to make their contribution. They get to understand what it takes to prepare a team. It’s a very unique.”
“Both teams are taking this seriously, it’s a very well organised tournament. As much as it’s a preseason game, it gives the coaches an opportunity to see the fitness levels, tactical and strategic approach. Whatever team wins, it gives them early bragging rights.”
Kaizer Chiefs’ 1-0 victory in the 2017 Carling Black Label Cup was their third victory in the competition after a 1-0 win in the 2013 edition and 2-0 in 2016.
Orlando Pirates have lifted the Carling Black Label Cup on four occasions but all of those have come on penalties, whilst Chiefs’ three victories have all come in 90 minutes.
The preseason showpiece has always been a very tight game, with only one of the seven editions seeing one of the sides score more than once – in Chiefs’ 2-0 win in 2016.
In the seven games played so far, Pirates had taken the lead just once, via Sifiso Myeni’s 20th-minute goal in 2015. Chiefs levelled in that match before Bucs took a 4-3 victory on penalties.
Chiefs are chasing a third straight win in this game, having beaten Pirates 2-0 in 2016 and 1-0 in 2017. Pirates lifted the cup in 2012 and 2015. No team has ever won three Carling Black Label Cups in a row.