Usuthu go for broke in cup voting

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

AmaZulu, one of the most well supported teams in the country, have vowed to make a strong comeback to the Telkom Charity Cup and lead the vote chart this season.

The yearly event will be staged at Mmabatho Stadium in Mafikeng on August 2.

Usuthu spokesman Philani Mabaso said for the past few seasons the coastal side had not been doing well and that resulted in most of their supporters staying away from their games.

He said since the team found its footing their support had increased and that is why they were determined to beat the other teams by amassing more votes.

"This tournament has been AmaZulu's platform for years. Our support only dwindled when we were relegated in the 2000-2001 season. But now that the team is settled and playing well our supporters have returned and soccer lovers are going to see a completely different Usuthu side in the new season," Mabaso said.

"Before we were relegated, we played for six years in succession in the Charity Cup and we were also the first team to take part in this event when it was inaugurated in 1986.

"We hope to be part of it again starting from this year."

Mabaso added that they would hold roadshows in Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North West and KwaZulu-Natal this month hoping to garner more support.

The coastal side is now fourth on the vote chart after overtaking Kaizer Chiefs and they hope to move further up the chart before voting closes on July 22.

Orlando Pirates have relaxed their grip on the lead allowing Bloemfontein Celtic to overtake them. They could pay dearly if their supporters do not intensify their voting.

Celtic are now in the lead with 8827 votes followed by Pirates with 8550 votes. Mamelodi Sundowns are third with 8513 votes, fourth are AmaZulu with 7789 votes. Chiefs are fifth with 7 416 votes followed by Moroka Swallows who collected 664 votes.