Shocks in store for Charity Cup

Football enthusiasts are in for surprises when the four top teams to compete in the annual Telkom Charity Cup are announced at Summer Place in Johannesburg this morning.

Football enthusiasts are in for surprises when the four top teams to compete in the annual Telkom Charity Cup are announced at Summer Place in Johannesburg this morning.

Soccer lovers have been contributing to charity phoning to decide which of the four teams will be part of this spectacular tournament that will be played at Mmabatho Stadium in Mafikeng on Saturday.

The tournament officially marks the start of the local season.

The new arrangement of not updating the Charity Cup website since July 22 has given a number of clubs, supporters and players butterflies in their stomachs.

Some people who approached me were disappointed when told that even the Charity Cup Trust chairman, Leepile "LM" Taunyane, did not have the answer.

Everybody will know this morning.

But I believe most fans are going to be highly disappointed when the teams are made public.

I learnt that some upsets were likely.

Teams like AmaZulu and Platinum Stars as well as Bloemfontein Celtic are the ones that could be right at the top with more votes than the top Absa Premiership sides.

It has been a six-horse race since Platinum Stars jumped into the fray last week and the competition was intensified when the website was not updated.

Mamelodi Sundowns always lead the voting chart, but surprisingly they don't translate their popularity with bums on seats when the big day comes.

It's good that the money goes to charity, but then let us see people descending on North West for this extravaganza.

I believe that a lot of soccer pundits do wish that Celtic should qualify because of its enthusiastic loyalists who normally sing for the duration of the game, whether they win or lose.

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