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Starting lineup via text messages

  • AP, Tuesday, July 26, 2011 1:40 PM

Fans will pick the starting lineups for the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates -- South Africa's biggest teams -- in their preseason matchup in Saturday’s Carling Black Label Cup.

Supporters can vote by text message on which players start.

Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic hasn’t welcomed the idea, saying “I don’t like this format. I’m definitely not the coach for this game.”

So far, South Africa midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala -- the scorer of the opening goal at the 2010 World Cup and one of the best players in the league -- hasn’t yet gained enough votes to make the Chiefs’ starting 11. Voting closes on Thursday.

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