Inqaku FC and the South African Football Association have confirmed the program for this year’s FIFA eNations Cup, including the SAFA eFootball National Championships, with over $100,000 cash prizes up for the win at the grand final.
Teams from 24 countries will compete in the FIFA eNations Cup in Denmark, from 22-24 May. Representing South Africa as eBafana Banyana, the SAFA eFootball Championships winners will play off against a number of other eNations teams (to be confirmed) in April to qualify to this event. Preceding this, the SAFA eFootball South African National Qualifiers kicks off on 21 March, and the final is scheduled for 28 March.
SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan said all SAFA’s national teams represent South Africa and should show the utmost passion and professionalism.
“We are hoping to create new heroes and heroines when players don the national colours to represent the country in esports. They must feel the same pride as members of our other national teams. We are excited to be part of this global progression driven by FIFA which is expanding into the digital realm to grow the game and its support among younger, tech-savvy fans.”
Competition director and Business Development Manager for NAG, Len Nery has been instrumental in delivering high-quality events for South African gamers.
“We are honoured to play a part in connecting the dots between sport and esports with the second iteration of SAFA’s eFootball National Championships and eNations Qualifiers,” said Nery. “This year there is an added incentive to compete as the top four SA players will form the official South African eFootball Team, #eBafanaBanyana. This generation of gamers will earn the right to represent South Africa on the global stage and we wish all competitors the best as they prepare for this amazing journey!”
Registration opens on 24 February, through AGCL, and according to the competition rules:
Tournament mode will be FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT)
Participants will need to be at least 16 years old
Participants will need to be South African citizens
Participants will need to be in possession of a valid ID document and passport
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