It's a common sight to see amateurs playing five-a-side football in the streets. Through these informal games, many of them have discovered their talent and have gone on to become professionals in high demand across the world. And in a bid to make this variation of football even bigger in Africa, South African beer brand, Castle Lager has launched the biggest five-a-side tournament the continent has ever seen.
Called Castle Africa 5, the tournament is aimed at giving more amateur players a chance at making it in football. According to Sowetan Live, it will involve amateur teams from six Southern African countries – South Africa‚ Lesotho‚ Zambia‚ Zimbabwe‚ Swaziland and Tanzania.
The winning teams from the six countries will compete in the continental finals in Zambia in June, and the best team will be on their way to Russia to watch the World Cup. What’s more? The competition is open to everyone, including women.
Cameroonian and FC Barcelona legend, Samuel Eto’o was unveiled in Johannesburg as one of Castle Africa 5’s ambassadors. And, considering that no Southern African country qualified for the 2018 World Cup, this is a good chance for the region to tap into the World Cup craze.