The Premier Soccer League will replace the Telkom Knockout Cup with the Carling Knockout Cup for the 2023/24 season.
The competition will follow the same format as the Telkom Knockout Cup, traditionally known as the ‘League Cup’, where the 16 DStv Premiership sides will be drawn in a straight knockout tournament.
However, in the Carling Knockout Cup, the winning team will play a ‘Carling 11’ on 16 December next year, with the Carling 11 featuring six players chosen by fans from the teams that didn’t make the final, with the other five players coming from the Multichoice Diski Challenge.
“The development and evolution of professional football in South Africa dates back to the 1960s when the marriage between NSL and SAB was consummated,” said Dr Irvin Khoza, Chairman of the PSL. “The marriage has so many successes, as SAB created the biggest beer brands on the continent and the PSL created the biggest professional football brand on the continent.”
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“At Carling Black Label, our commitment has been to give our fans the two things they want most: Africa’s most award-winning beer and power in the sports that they love. This has inspired us to innovate and keep our offering fresh. Now we have been able to conceptualize this exciting Carling Knockout Cup based on our experience in the Carling Black Label Cup over a decade-long partnership with the Premier Soccer League and undoubtedly – our champion fans,” said Carling Black Label Brand Director, Arné Rust.