Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. and Mettlestate have teamed up to celebrate the club’s inclusion in FIFA23 with the Mamelodi Sundowns FIFA23 Championship.

Mamelodi Sundowns and Mettlestate are proud to announce a massive R200k FIFA 23 tournament, with the finals to be held at rAge 2022!

There will be 4 live qualifiers taking place in malls across South Africa, as well as an online qualifier for those who can’t make the live events. The top player from each live qualifier and the top 4 players from the online qualifiers will particpate in the top 8 finale. The finalists will be flown out to the top 8 tournament which will be held at the rAge Expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 9-11 December 2022.

Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club has a long and decorated history in the competitive football scene. Not only are they the most successful football club in the South African PSL, but it has been confirmed that South Africa’s reigning domestic league champions are now featured in the latest iteration of the EA SPORTS FIFA series, with the team being added to the FIFA23 roster.

The Chairman of Mamelodi Sundowns, Tlhopie Motsepe, hopes that the launch of the competition will bring excitement to the esports participants, “Many of the people in our football club are fans of the FIFA series and are aware of the passion that South African gamers have towards the video game. That is one of the reasons that the moment Mamelodi Sundowns was announced as the latest African team to be included in FIFA 23, we knew that we had to give our supporters and fans of the game a chance to celebrate with us.”

“We hope this kickstarts local excitement around football while giving gamers and lovers of FIFA series the chance to play in a competition that was made especially for them. This is our first project in the esports industry and we are excited to see where this leads us. I’d like to thank our staff members, our partners and our board for helping us make this possible,” concluded Tlhopie Motsepe.

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup about to start in a few days time, the timing is ideal to introduce a tournament like this.

Mettlestate’s Managing Director, Barry Louzada, is impressed by the dedication the football team is showing to esports. “Traditional sports and esports overlap in more ways than most people realise. FIFA23 is the perfect example of this. We are ecstatic to see Mamelodi Sundowns football club being represented in this popular international title. But the club is going above and beyond – they are actively supporting and encouraging esports. This kind of tournament is exactly what the FIFA scene in South Africa needs: dedication and opportunity.”

Mamelodi Sundowns is known as an ambitious, inspiring, and dynamic club that aspires to be the biggest African football team in the world. The addition of the team to FIFA23 furthers the team’s ever growing global appeal and opens them up to a whole new fan base.

The team has never lost sight of their family-rooted origins, focusing on entertaining their audience and providing them with new ways to celebrate being a Sundowns fan.

The live finals will take place at the Mamelodi Sundowns stand at the rAge Expo 2022, 9 – 11 December.

rAge Expo is one of the biggest gaming events of the year. It’s finally going to be live for the first time in two years due to COVID restrictions and lockdown. This will be a massive opportunity for Mamelodi Sundowns fans and FIFA fans alike!

Online Qualifiers:
Registrations open: 15 November
Online qualifiers take place: 26 November
Finals: 9-11 December at rAge

Qualifier 1:
V & A Waterfront, Cape Town – 19 November
Top player goes to grand finals at rAge

Qualifier 2:
Menlyn Mall, Pretoria – 19 November
Top player goes to grand finals at rAge

Qualifier 3:
Gate Way Mall, Durban – 3 December
Top player goes to grand finals at rAge.

Qualifier 4:
Mall of Africa, Johannesburg – 3rd December
Top player goes to grand finals at rAge

Registrations link:

Check which qualifiers are nearest to you or register on to play online! Don’t miss out, be sure to take your shot and stand a chance to win big!


For More information and comments please reach out to:
Carly Twaddle, Mettlestate –
Shupi Nkgadima, Mamelodi Sundowns – [ / +27(0)659929214 ]

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