JOHANNESBURG – Deemed as the traditional PSL domestic season curtain raiser, the Carling Black Label Cup will return for its eighth edition tomorrow as old rivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs clash for Soweto’s bragging rights at FNB Stadium.
However, with the right to select the starting line-ups given to the supporters, Justice Chabalala found himself in an unfamiliar position - getting the starting nod alongside captain Happy Jele in the heart of Pirates’ defence.
You see, before that, Chabalala had spent last season in the stands or demoted to the reserves, while Marshall Munentsi and Alfred Ndengane rotated as Jele’s partner.
“They know that Justice Chabalala did well in the past two seasons, and they know he can still do well,” he said. “To be honest, I always tell myself, I don’t tell anyone, I have jealousy inside when someone is playing, I say ‘I can do better’.
It’s a blessing that the fans voted for me. I have been sitting without playing for too long. I believe that I can give my best shot. I trust myself. When you are not playing, you cannot sit down and relax. I have been working very hard.”