Two SA Fifa gamers become first Africans to qualify in R7m global tournament

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Julio Bianchi and Kaylan Moodley are in London, preparing for the Fifa TOTS Cup. Photo: File
Julio Bianchi and Kaylan Moodley are in London, preparing for the Fifa TOTS Cup. Photo: File


Two of South Africa’s finest Fifa gamers are in London, England, awaiting their moment of glory as they prepare to compete for a share of $500 000 (R7.7 million) over three days.

Julio Bianchi and Kaylan Moodley will represent the country at the official Fifa Team Of The Season (TOTS) Cup from April 29 to May 1. They will be competing against 32 other teams from around the world.

It’s the first time South African gamers are given a chance to gain direct entry to the tournament with their own qualifiers, which Bianchi and Moodley won.

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Gamers from Europe, the US and the Middle East usually get preference for spots, and when South Africans are allowed to compete against them in official qualifiers, it’s on an unfair footing as those gamers are closer to the Fifa servers. This then means they have relatively no delay compared with the South African gamers, who find it hard to earn a spot at world championships where the big prize money is dished out.

Bianchi, Fifa captain for Goliath Gaming, and Moodley, Fifa player for SAF esports, will team up under the name SAF x Goliath Gaming for the event and are currently boot camping ahead of the tournament.

This is the pinnacle and a dream come true for any Fifa player.

“Kaylan and I will be working extremely hard over the next few days to ensure we are as prepared as possible for the tournament to make our family, friends and gaming community proud and to fly the SA flag high,” says Bianchi.

“It’s exciting that Fifa LAN events are back and are an amazing opportunity to meet and learn from some of the best Fifa players in the world. We hope to make South Africa proud and can bring it home on May 1,” Moodley adds.

The pair has won many tournaments in South Africa and on the continent and feels confident that they can finally match their skills to those on the world stage, and hopefully come back home with some money in the bank.

You can follow their journey at here.


Muhammad Hussain 


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