Five years of celebrating community heroes

Action during the 2015 Carling League of Champions finals at the Nike Training Centrel in Soweto, South Africa on July 11, 2015 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
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Carling Black Label is set to celebrate community football heroes once again as the fifth edition of the Carling League of Champions is set to kick off in Gauteng at the Phomolong Stadium in Tembisa. The Carling Black Label sponsored tournament marks a historic five-year milestone of celebrating community heroes through football.
Since 2012, Carling Black Label has embarked on a countrywide journey of recognizing and celebrating the efforts of ordinary men in a professional football tournament that makes them and their communities feel like Champions. A total of 60 teams selected from across the country will battle it out for a place in the finals where the top six finishers from each SAB demarcated region will battle it out for the R30 000 prized tournament plus an all expenses paid VIP trip to the 2016 Carling Black Label Champion Cup at the FNB Stadium on 30 July. Preceding the finals at the Nike Centre on 16 July will be an exclusive dinner for the finalists where they will be treated to a Champion’s experience while interacting with legends of the game such as Shaun Bartlett, Magents Motale and Fabian McCarthy.

Over and above the exciting football action that the Carling League of Champions brings to communities, Carling Black Label will for the first time afford communities an opportunity to interact with football legends from their respective communities during the play offs. Football icons that have contributed to the rich history of South African football such as Siyabonga Nkosi, Magents Motale, Patrick Mayo, Fabian McCarthy and Thando Mngomeni will be present at the various Carling League of Champions play offs as champion ambassadors of the tournament.

In celebration of marking five years of the tournament, Carling Black Label has introduced a 5 aside tournament for football lovers in the Western Cape. The one-day event will take place at the Canal Walk Century City Sports complex where the R30 000 prize money will be contested for by a total of 32 teams on 10 July 2016.

Speaking on behalf of the regional legends, Edward “Magents” Motale gave the Carling League of Champions the thumbs up, saying that the tournament will be highly appreciated by communities who hardly get the opportunity to enjoy professional tournaments from recognised brands such as Carling Black Label.

“We are excited to be involved with a community empowering initiative such as the Carling League of Champions that has grown to become one of the best community football tournaments in the country. We urge people to come out in their numbers at the different venues we are going to and wish all the teams the best of luck” said Motale.

Carling League of Champions Dates

Province Playoff Date Venue Name
Gauteng 18 June 2016 Phomolong Grounds, Tembisa
Western Cape 19 June 2016 NY49, Gugulethu
KwaZulu-Natal 25 June 2016 King Zwelithini, Umlazi
North West 26 June 2016 Ikageng Stadium Potchefstroom
Gauteng 2 July 2016 Central Sports Ground, Mamelodi
Eastern Cape 3 July 2016 Wolfson Stadium, KwaZakhele
National Final
Eastern Cape 16 July 2016 NIKE Centre, Pimville, Soweto

Cape Champion Date:
Province Match day Date Venue Name
Western Cape 10 July 2016 Canal Walk Century City

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