Gamers compete against Nkosi

Several FIFA 17 players participated in a penalty shoot-out against former Glamour Boys star Siyabonga Nkosi, who originally set a competitive score of 5396.

Many failed to beat Nkosi’s score, but others did, winning a nice prize in the process.

The former midfielder was an early competitor at the first ever Kaizer Chiefs esports tournament, which started on Friday. Upon arriving, there was a first heat going on to qualify for the next round by 64 gamers.

“I have taken a lot of penalties during my career,” Nkosi commented. “It doesn’t matter if I took one during my professional career on the pitch in a tense match, or, like now, one in the FIFA 17 game. The pressure is the same. It’s also both competitive and that’s what I like, as I always want to compete in anything I do.”

Nkosi was a bit disappointed with his score, admitting that he went at first for “safety first, instead of being a bit more adventurous and kicking the ball with a bit more lift”, as he did with his last few penalties that all ended up in the back of the net.

“I am a bit rusty,” he admits, before adding that his 8-year-old son Senzokuhle is a big fan of the FIFA digital game.

Nkosi fully supports Kaizer Chiefs’ involvement in this gaming tournament, which is part of the larger Rush esports event and will take place until Sunday, 23 July, when the finals will be held.

“What I love is that if you are not a professional soccer player,” he said, “you are still able to play at a competitive level, thanks to the FIFA 17 game. It’s really exciting.

“Chiefs are known for coming up with great innovations. Many Amakhosi supporters are fascinated with FIFA 17 and, as a great brand does, it identifies the interest of their clients or followers. In this case it is a great club combining with the supporters of which probably about 80 percent enjoy playing soccer digitally.”

On Saturday, Glamour Boys Siphiwe Tshabalala, Joseph Molangoane and Brilliant Khuzwayo will be present at the Kaizer Chiefs esport tournament, from 15:00 to 17:00.

Gamers can still walk in and participate in the qualifying heats until Saturday, 22 July, at 12:00. The tournament is played on PlayStation 4 and takes place at the Exhibition Hall 2, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

Entry to the tournament is free. Spectators and visitors pay R50 for a day pass (valid for one day only) and R100 for a weekend pass (valid for all three days). Tickets are available at Computicket or at the entrance.

The following exciting prizes can be won:

1st R20 000

Huawei P10 Lite smartphone sponsored by Vodacom

 Razer Raiju Controller

 

2nd Kaizer Chiefs Hamper and Derby experience 

Huawei P10 Lite smartphone sponsored by Vodacom

Razer Headset

3rd Kaizer Chiefs Hamper 

Huawei P10 Lite smartphone sponsored by Vodacom

 

Come join us and be a Glamour Boy!

#KCeSports, event info on www.rush.co.za