Following Kaizer Chiefs win against Orlando Pirates in the 2021 Carling Black Label Cup game which took place on the 1st of August at the Orlando Stadium, Amakhosi midfielder; Njabulo Blom was selected by the fans as the Man of the match. Voting took place through the USSD line as well as on Twitter. As part of the young midfielder’s prize for being the most outstanding player on the field of play, he has been rewarded with a R10 000 cash prize as well as an additional R10 000 to donate to a charity that focuses on eradictationg gender-based violence (GBV).
“The Carling Black Label brand seeks to be a lighthouse for positive masculinity in South Africa. Although we promote this ideal in all our campaigns, the #NoExcuse movement was created specifically for this purpose. Over the years we have identified various ways to educate and empower Champions in a language which they understand. We saw it fit to use the incredible Carling Black Label Cup platform as well as our partnership with Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates to do good and use our influence positively.” said Carling Black Label Brand Director, Arné Rust speaking at the symbolic Cheque Handover. “We are proud of Njabulo and the leadership by our partners at Kaizer Chiefs for joining hands with us in ensuring that the handover took place, and we trust that this donation will go a long way in assisting the community.” said Rust.
The young player affectionately referred to as “Stoppa” by the club’s supporters, selected The Free World Initiative (FWI) as his charity of choice. The organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Lebogang Fataha accepted the cheque on behalf of the organisation and stated FWI’s mission is “To combat and alleviate GBV, focusing on young men in marginalised and vulnerable groups, work with different government departments, private sector and other NGOs to have communities living a positive and long healthy life. Our organisation’s aim is to educate, raise awareness, screen for GBV in different ages and groups of young men but not excluding other people in the societies irrespective of race, age and gender, as GBV knows no age, race, gender and any other boundaries known to the human species.”