Fingertip football: Playstation playas to battle it out on UKZN campus

2010-04-20 00:00

STUDENTS from the University of KwaZulu-Natal will battle it out this weekend in a bid to show off their football prowess.

However, this is not your typical 90-minute session on the pitch. As part of efforts aimed at promoting the Fifa 2010 World Cup, UKZN students will be given an opportunity to try their hand at the popular Playstation 3 Fifa console game.

This will be a part of a series of competitions organised by a company called Visual Games.

The company, founded last year by Terrence Ndlovu and Sakhile Gumede, will host the competition at the Student Union building on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

Ndlovu said the aim is to create “hype” around the major soccer tournament in a fun and interactive way.

“Basically, we create a platform where people can come and play. Apart from promoting the World Cup, this is also a drive to ensure the growth of the gaming world in Pietermartzburg,” he said.

The joining fee is R150 and the winner will walk away with R20 000 in prize money.

Participants will be required to wear T-shirts as a “uniform” on the day.

Ndlovu described the initiative as a first for Pietermaritzburg’s gaming industry.

“For those who are interested, there is a pre-party at Vacca Matta at Golden Horse Casino, where there will be screens for people to play PS3 on Wednesday night,” he said.

But as confident as he is and with “everything going smoothly”, Ndlovu conceded that the initiative needs sponsors.

The duo have started a Face­book page that offers more details.

Ndlovu remains hopeful the event will become self-sustaining as more students become aware of its appeal.

For details, contact Terrence Ndlovu at 082 513 7987 or Teeaz­e Mtshali at 072 350 0562.

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