- 32 teams battle it out over eight hours for regional glory in the second round of KIA’s amateur five-a-side soccer tournament
Following an 8-hour playoff between 32 teams from the Western Cape, Cape Town-based Basics FC was ultimately crowned the Western Cape Regional Winners in the KIA Champ into the Arena five-a-side amateur football tournament. The team joins Gauteng Regional Winners, Forze FC, at the National Finals on April 22nd in Johannesburg, with the winner of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Regional to be determined on Sunday, 15 April 2018.
“The competition was tough – certainly ‘right up there’ in terms of having all the best five-a-side players in Cape Town, and as a goalkeeper I had to stay focused all the time,” said captain, Abdulla Fakier. “In one of the games I slipped up in terms of my concentration and before I knew it, we were three goals down, but still somehow managed to come back and win it thankfully. I have played in this tournament before and today was certainly the toughest one yet – well organised and with a great vibe. The fact that we are completely overwhelmed right now, says a lot for how big the tournament really is: the win hasn’t yet sunk in!”
Entries are still open for the Kwa-Zulu Natal regional finals. The entry form is available online by visiting www.kiachamp.co.za.