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Selecting a Fan Voted Carling Knockout Cup All Star Team to Possibly Face Competition Winners
- The fans will pick a Carling Knockout Cup All-Star team to take on the competition's winners
- TS Galaxy will play Stellenbosch FC in the final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on December 16
- Voting is open via the Carling Black Label website and allows fans to pick their full dream XI
A unique competition activation is putting fans in charge of team selection.
Two teams unfamiliar with success will have a shot at silverware, while also earning a bonus exhibition round against the league's best.
All domestic football in South Africa takes a break from December 31 but fans will have the chance to vote for an All-Star team to take on the winners of the Carling Knockout Cup on January 6.
South Africa's AFCON representatives will not be eligible for selection, paving the way for a dream ensemble of local football and offering a consolation prize for those who might have missed out on Bafana Bafana selection.
A Carling Knockout Cup All-Star XI
Expect Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates to make up the bulk of the All-Star team, placing Melusi Buthelezi or Sipho Chaine in goals, or allowing for a triumphant show-stopping return for Itumeleng Khune.
Bandile Shandu was an early substitute in the Soweto Derby and with his rivals likely going to Ivory Coast, he would be the favourite to line up at right-back.
On the other flank, Deon Hotto and Edmilson will be with their Namibian and Mozambiquan teammates, opening the door for a surprise selection for newcomers Bradley Cross or Liam Bern, based on their Golden Arrows and Cape Town Spurs popularity.
Beaten semi-finalists, Amazulu have a very active supporter base which could earn Taariq Fielies a spot at centre-back. The Dube Birds' defence has been solid and fans could get their votes in to reward Keegan Allan with an All-Star cap.
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Yusuf Maart has not been favoured by Hugo Broos so may not be going to Ivory Coast but is loved by the fans and is a shoo-in for the All-Star game.
Alongside him should be Taahir Goedeman and Nduduzo Sibiya. The City and Arrows pair have been driving forces for their teams this season and will consider themselves unlucky to not have gone further in the competition.
Luke Baartman grows in popularity every week and voters could give the 17-year-old a unique opportunity - unless Broos throws his own wildcard into the mix.
Chiefs fans might try to tip the scales, but the two Pirates wide-men should get the approval of Black Label supporters. Thembinkosi Lorch would have served his club suspension and Patrick Maswanganyi can show Broos what he is missing.
Players from the losing finalists could slot it too, but neither Stellenbosch FC nor TS Galaxy players will be thinking much further past the December 16 showdown.
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Carling Knockout Cup prize money breakdown
Sports Brief previously reported on the prize money for the Carling Knockout Cup.
Fans are also benefiting through the Fak'iGoal Uzobona goal predictor competition.
The tournament's final is on December 16 with the All-Star game set for January 6.