South African esports is getting more opportunities to feature internationally than many realise. This weekend, the local FIFA community sees two of their own playing for the pride of the country (and the continent) at the FIFA eNations Cup.
Sinister 5‘s Ryan “Azi” De Oliveira Bastos (Xbox One) and Goliath Gaming‘s Shiaan Rugbeer (PlayStation 4) will be playing under the South African Football Association (SAFA) banner against players from 19 other countries representing six FIFA federations. The team will face some tough competition in Group A – a group that also features England, Saudi Arabia, France and Finland. England has F2Tekkz who has recently won multiple FUT Champions cups, while Saudi Arabia features eWorld Cup winning player MSDossary. The French and Finnish team can not be discounted and it will require some real effort from South Africa to move out of the group stage. Only the top two teams per group move on to the playoffs.
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The ride to London has not been completely smooth for South Africa with Shiaan being pulled in as a replacement for Thabo “YvngSavage” Moloi, who had originally secured the spot via the official qualifiers hosted by ACGL. Or as the the FIFA ‘group at a glance’ says: ‘Shiaan1201’ “was called up as a replacement to the team following disciplinary measures against another South African player.” Either way, changes and disruptions are unfortunate and have a habit of denting team and community confidence.
In London the team (can we agree to call them eBafana Bafana) will be playing for their share of $100,000 and EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series Points.
Catch the Action Live
The eNations Cup will be played on 13 and 14 April. The action will be broadcast live, with South Africa kicking things off between 10h00 and 16h30 on Saturday in their group matches.
The format in the group phase will see “each match comprise of three games: the first game is 1v1 on PlayStation, the second is 1v1 on the Xbox, while the third is a 2v2 game. A total of nine points will therefore be available for each match with a win worth three points, a draw one point and no points for a loss.”
The playoffs will be played slightly differently. “Each match will comprise of two 1v1 games on each console, but the aggregate score will not be of importance as each game is worth three points for a win, one for a draw and none for a defeat. Should the two countries be equal on points after the first two games, a third game will be played; a 2v2 to decide the winner.”
You can find out more on how the eNations Cup works here.
The zombies would like to wish the two South Africans all the best for the weekend ahead.