South African will compete in the FIFA eNations Stay n Play Cup
The inaugural FIFA eNations Stay n Play Cup kicks off on Tuesday, 21 April 2020, and South Africa will be competing. For those who don’t know, the FIFA eNations Stay n Play Cup was created by FIFA with their partner Electronic Arts (EA Sports), due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
This online competition was created for nations during the lockdown, affecting most countries whose competitions have been suspended. The FIFA eNations Stay n Play Cup pits some of the world’s top gamers playing with top footballers globally, and South African has been invited as the eBafana Bafana team.
The eBafana Bafana team
The South African team, eBafana Bafana, comprises of Goliath Gaming’s player Thabo “Yvng Savage” Moloi, Mamelodi Sundowns player Sibusiso Vilakazi, Musician Cassper Nyovest, and Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada.
Bafana Bafana midfielder, Sibusiso Vilakazi, explained in a press release that:
“I am excited to still represent my country albeit in a different form of football and am happy that I am playing alongside a top gamer. I am hoping to add the voice in the fight against the Coronavirus by joining FIFA to drive the message of staying at home during this lockdown. It’ll be a lot of fun and fans can watch from home and keep safe.”
Goliath Gaming player Thabo “Yvng Savage” Moloi will be leading the pack, as the team represents South African on the PlayStation platform. Yvng Savage is currently leading the South Africa FIFA rankings on PS4.
On 21 April, the South African eBafana Bafana team will start their journey in the FIFA eNations Stay n Play Cup in Group D.
About the FIFA eNations Stay n Play Cup
The FIFA eNations Stay and Play Cup is designed to encourage players and fans to stay at home during the rampant COVID-19 and South Africa is one of the countries invited by the world governing body to participate. This is also done to support WHO in their fight against the Coronavirus.
The tournament has 40 nations taking part and winners of each section will win a prize money donation awarded to their chosen national charity organisation fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. With its longstanding partnership with SAFA, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) has been chosen as team South Africa’s charity of choice.
eBafana Bafana will play their first match at 17:00 against the United Arab Emirates (UAE). If you can’t watch the action live on digital platforms such as Twitch.tv, then highlights will be broadcasted the following day on Supersport.
Header image of Sibusiso Vilakazi via Press Release