The South African Football Association (SAFA) and its technology provider Inqaku, in partnership with NAG and Vodacom 4U, have been invited to host the local qualifiers for the FIFA eNations Cup 2019. With official endorsement from FIFA and the South African Football Association, the two winners of this event will represent South Africa as one of twenty nations competing at the eNations Cup in London on 13 and 14 April 2019 for a shot at their share of the $100,000 prize pool.
The two winners from South Africa will also have the chance to win up to 1,500 EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series points.
Christian Volk, Director of eFootball and & Gaming at FIFA, said: “With 20 of the world’s best eFootball nations going head-to-head, this year’s inaugural FIFA eNations Cup will provide another great example of the passion and excitement that eFootball has to offer, as well as providing the chance for players and member associations to compete for national pride and international glory.
SAFA Acting CEO, Mr Russell Paul said the association was honoured by the invitation to participate in the first-of-its-kind event, adding that it was part of SAFA’s future plans to be visibly active in esports.
“We are thrilled to be involved in such an exciting initiative. The ever-growing world of gaming and technology in football is a space that SAFA intends to be a part of. We need to be relevant to all South Africans and that includes young people who are actively involved in gaming,” said Paul.
Vodacom 4U have, once again, shown their long term commitment to supporting the local esports ecosystem.
“Building on the strides we took by partnering with Rush Esports and the rAge Expo during 2018, the FIFA eNations Cup is a further extension of our continued commitment to growing esports in South Africa,” says Lanie Visser, Marketing Director of Vodacom 4U. “Vodacom 4U would like to be known as the destination for all your gaming and connectivity needs.”
There’s no entry fee, but participants must first register with AGCL to sign up.
The qualifiers will be played on Xbox One and PS4 consoles
There’s a 64-player limit per console category, and a single winner will be awarded in each platform category
Day One (Group Stage) will be on Saturday 23 March 2019 from 11:00
Day Two (Playoffs) will be on Sunday 24 March 2019 from 14:00
Participants can play in the qualifiers from home or any other venue with an internet connection
Participants must be at least 16 years old
Participants must be South African citizens
Participants must be in possession of a valid ID document and passport
Each winner will require a valid UK visa, at their own expense (FIFA and SAFA will assist with the supporting documents necessary for the application)
Hotel accommodation and an economy class return flight to London departing from the major airport closest to each winner’s residence will be provided by FIFA, but additional costs (for example transport to and from the airport) is at your own expense
Entrants will be registered, verified with Home Affairs and issued esports-specific identity cards by SAFA’s proprietary registration system, MYSAFA