Samuel Eto’o, four-time African footballer of the 12 months, as soon as once more graced Johannesburg along with his presence as he was readily available to kick off the second season of Fort Africa 5s. There was additionally a shock amid the anticipated company promotions as a brand new ladies’s competitors was introduced to run parallel to the boys’s version.
The continental five-a-side competitors, established final 12 months by Fort Brewery, pits native groups in opposition to one another earlier than the winners journey to the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, for the ultimate.
The general victors get to hang around with Eto’o at a European match which is but to be specified.
On the launch, held at Chaf Pozi in Soweto, the organisers revealed that there might be a brand new ladies’s match launched. Former Banyana Banyana star and analyst Amanda Dlamini in flip grew to become the primary feminine ambassador of the initiative, becoming a member of the opposite legends — Matthew Sales space (South Africa), Ivo Mapunda (Tanzania), Tinashe Nengomasha (Zimbabwe), Christopher Katongo (Zambia) and Siza Dlamini (Swaziland).
“I’m very pleased and excited that the South African ladies certified for the World Cup,” Eto’o mentioned on the sidelines of the occasion when requested concerning the growth of ladies’s soccer. “I’m pleased concerning the women becoming a member of these video games as a result of they’ve a spot in a contest like this. It’s ladies’s time all around the globe and so it’s thrilling to see this.”
Whereas it’s merely an beginner even, the ladies’s recreation in South Africa can arguably solely profit from having extra competitions throughout the nation. We are still waiting on the inaugural women’s professional league in any case.
As for it simply being a five-a-side format … “All the massive gamers begin on the five-aside,” Eto’o continued. “5-a-side is essential as a result of it helped me develop my technical capability and helped me play at a excessive stage.”