Soccer fans vote by mobile for Soweto Derby teams
The Soweto Derby at Johannesburg’s Soccer City captured the public imagination this afternoon with a unique and interactive mobile component, making history in the Carling Black Label Cup, featuring Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium.
South African football fans had to buy the brewing giant’s beer in order to cast their vote for their favourite players via mobile. Fans could make one of three permitted substitutions in each team by sending a mobile phone message before half-time to indicate which player should be replaced. By the time the voting closed, just over 10.5 million votes were cast by supporters.
Voting revealed that the most popular footballers at the clubs are goalkeepers, with Chiefs’ “Spider” Itumeleng Khune garnering 1 485 083 votes and Pirates’ fit-again “Slim Kat” Moeneeb Josephs receiving 761 622 positive votes. Khune played for South Africa against Mexico and Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup and was banned after being sent off in the second match, while Josephs took his place in a victory over France.
Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic was upset a few days before voting closed when he discovered that star midfielder and national team vice-captain Siphiwe Tshabalala was not in the line-up. The children who idolise Siphiwe could not vote for him because it was required that you had to buy beer in order to vote for your selected player.
THE PLAYERS WITH MOST VOTES WERE:
Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs) who pulled in 1 485 083 votes
Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates) who earned 761 622 votes
The final teams (votes in brackets):
|Moeneeb Josephs (761 622)||Itumeleng Khune (1 485 083)|
|Happy Jele (320 897)||Tefu Mashamaite (615 245)|
|Lucky Lekgwathi (212 709)||Thomas Sweswe (271 106)|
|Rooi Mahamutsa (240 921)||Dominic Isaacs (165 793)|
|Reuben Cloete (180 350)||Tlou Molekwane (168 926)|
|Thulasizwe Mbuyane (148 859)||Mandla Masango (222 409)|
|Oupa Manyisa (209 353)||Josta Dladla (366 174)|
|Andile Jali (152 384)||Siphiwe Tshabalala (201 908)|
|Mark Mayambela (269 678)||Abia Nale (314 358)|
|Bongani Ndulula (313 978)||Lucky Khune (187 601)|
|Chiukepo Msowoya (122 853)||Sthembiso Ngcobo (194 334)|