The figures released by organisers of the Telkom Charity Cup on Thursday revealed that Kaizer Chiefs are still miles ahead of the rest of the 18 PSL teams as voting for the four teams entered the second week.
The Amakhosi have already amassed more than 10 000 votes with defending
champions Sundowns trailing not far behind on second spot, Orlando Pirates
third and Moroka Swallows fourth while Ria Stars a credible fifth.
Ria Stars have certainly made a huge impact on local soccer and their
exciting brand of football, a mixture of the disciplined European and
spectacular, yet skillful local approach has endeared them to millions of
Ria Ledwaba’s team has shot far ahead of the rest of the old campaigners in
the PSL despite the fact that they have just finished their maiden season
in the elite division and with a little more luck or more voting, could
In the figures released by the organisers yesterday which were verified and
certified by reputable accountants Delloite and Touche, Kaizer Chiefs were
in pole position after collecting 9704 “hard” and 745 “soft” votes for a
total of 10449 votes.
PSL chairman Leepile Taunyane explained that the “hard” votes are those
registered by callers to select the team of their choice. However, the
caller is then required to nominate three other teams he or she wishes
should play against the team of their choice.
The three teams which the caller selects are considered as “soft” votes and
if a caller selects only his or her favourite team and omits to include the
other three, that vote is destroyed or considered a spoilt ballot.
And Sundowns supporters were making sure that the “Brazilians,” who have
just reconciled in marriage with Ted Dumitru, also get the opportunity to
defend the trophy they won last year when they were trailing behind with a
total of 8638.
Orlando Pirates were third on 8328 while Moroka Swallows were hanging on
fourth position with a total of 6478 and surprise package Ria Stars fifth
on 2337, which was quite a remarkable achievement considering that the rest
of the campaigners were struggling to pass the one thousand figure mark.
Robert Russell, managing director of Valuecare Telecommunication Services,
the service provider for sponsors Telkom, said they were aware of the chaos
experienced last year and previous years prior to the tournament when some
teams used computer modems to vote.
“If we get a repeat call from the same number, the system is able to pick
it up immediately and should it be an automated call, we are able to
distinguish it and it is cancelled without delay. So there is no way that
modems or computers can be used in this year’s voting.”
The closing date for voting is on July 20 and the four successful teams
will be announced two days later. The draw will be conducted on Monday July
23 and the all-day tournament will take place at the FNBStadium on Saturday
Top 10 Teams:
|Team||Hard votes||Soft votes||Total|
|Kaizer Chiefs||9 704||745||10 449|
|Sundowns||8 338||300||8 638|
|Orlando Pirates||7 608||720||8 328|
|Moroka Swallows||6 243||235||6 478|
|Ria Stars||2 119||218||2 337|
|Ajax Cape Town||439||44||483|