Saturday, 19 May 2018

FIFA esports players that have qualified for National Team Trials.

Khahliso Malape who has represented South Africa against Namibia and Ghana.
Even though FIFA '18 has not been announced to be played at IESF's 10th World Championships - Koahsuing City, Mins Sports South Africa (MSSA) willl endeavour to arrange test matches with other National Federations in order to further develop the standard of play in South Africa.

MSSA has up to date selected players to officially represent South Africa 
in FIFA '18 in championships held in 2009 (Taebaek and Busan), 2010 (Daegu), 2011 (Andong), and 2012 (Cheonan and Windhoek). MSSA also selected teams to represent South Africa in online test matches in 2015 (Zimbabwe), 2016 (Ghana), 2017 (Namibia), and 2018 (Ghana).


It is not, therefore not surprising, that no less than twenty-four (24) players have qualified for MSSA's National Team Trials (NTT) to be held on 2 & 3 June 2018.

However, for those wh
o have not yet qualified, there is one last chance, and that is MSSA's 17th Mpumalanga Championships to be held at HTS Witbank on 26 and 27 May 2018.


All entries for MSSA's National Team Trials (NTT) to be held on 2 & 3 June 2018 must be entered by the club on its Google Drive page.


Those that have qualified for the 
FIFA '18 esports title are:



# Name of player Club Period/title Province
1 Bongikosi Lukhele Amplified Rebellion FIFA Gauteng
2 Brendan Botma Fragcon FIFA Limpopo
3 Cameron Gilburt Fragcon FIFA Limpopo
4 Franco J v Rensburg JCS Academy FIFA Free State
5 Gordon McCormack JCS Academy FIFA Free State
6 Gregory Haripersad Maritzburg College FIFA KwaZulu Natal
7 Irfaan Sabat Empangeni High School FIFA KwaZulu Natal
8 Joshua Williams Northcliff High School FIFA Gauteng
9 Khahliso Malape Fakkel School of Skills FIFA Free State
10 Kyle Turnbull VexxedPhoenix FIFA Mpumalanga
11 Lesego Direko Fakkel SOS FIFA Free State
12 Mikhyle Naidoo Northcliff High School FIFA Gauteng
13 Mpho Ntsala Fakkel School of Skills FIFA Free State
14 Mqandisi Dewa North West University - Vaal FIFA Gauteng
15 Ndumiso Zakwe Maritzburg College FIFA KwaZulu Natal
16 Nic Papavasilopoulos Parklands College FIFA Western Cape
17 Odwa Mthethwa Maritzburg College FIFA KwaZulu Natal
18 Peter Jones Fragcon FIFA Limpopo
19 Ru-Landie Kilian Affies Sasolburg FIFA Free State
20 Simoné Otto THS Tom Naude FIFA Limpopo
21 Thapelo Sizani North West University - Vaal FIFA Gauteng
22 Tshepo Mamatela Fakkel School of Skills FIFA Free State
23 Yorke Soni Northcliff High School FIFA Gauteng
24 Zomani Magagula HTS Witbank FIFA Mpumalanga

Registered Players that have earned a berth at MSSA's 2018 National Team Trials (NTT) are:

The final lists are:

Friday, 18 May 2018

Meet MSSA's Selection Committee: Amanda Pakade

Amanda Pakade - making a difference.
It is always pleasing when people return to Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA). This seems to be happening more-and-more, which shows that MSSA is doing a lot right Amanda Pakade (née Kwaza) is just one such person.

While at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), where Amanda studied sport management, Amanda became an excellent competitor. and besides having won a string of provincial and national awards, won silver in Morabaraba at the 2007 World Championships.
While at University, Amanda too became involved in the administration of MSSA and served as the Players' Representative from 2006 through to 2008. Amanda too earned a ranking as a national umpire.
Today Amanda is a mother of two children, Inam and Hlumi, and is a network marketing Pro for Longrich health, wealth and beauty products as well as teaching group exercise classes at Virgin Active.

However, despite a very heavy schedule, Amanda has retained her love of board games. By being appointed as a National Selector, Amanda is determined to make a difference in the competitor's lives - just as she does in the lives of all with whom she comes into contact. Amanda's personal hashtag is: #l was born to make an impact. There is no doubt that Amanda is indeed a valuable asset to MSSA's Selection Committee.


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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Meet MSSA's Selection Committee: Garth Schoeman

Garth Schoeman has served MSSA in many positions.
Garth Schoeman (Knights Mind Sports Club) has been a fully-paid-up Registered Player with Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA)  since the early 1990's.

Having served MSSA in many various roles, with the most notable being that of Vice-President for 12 years, Garth too is an experienced gamer and in 2002 earned his Protea Colours at the World Championships for wargames which were hosted by MSSA in Durban in 2002. Garth too has earned Protea Colours as a member of the technical staff of the 2018 Protea Esports Team.

It was largely through Garth Schoeman's foresight and vision that MSSA held its first esports championship in 1998, enabling MSSA to become the only body in the world that has consistently run esports events every single year for the past 21 years.

With Garth's vast amount of experience, it is not surprising that MSSA's Management Board has appointed Garth Schoeman to the position of Chairman of the Selection Committee.

Under Garth's direction, it is expected that the MSSA's team selection shall reach new heights.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Meet MSSA's Selection Committee: Jessie Joubert

Jessie Joubert when captain of MSSA's Prtea Esports Team for the Counter-Strike: GO title.
Jessie Joubert captained South Africa's first Protea Esports Counter-Strike: GO team, Such team participated at IESF's 8th World Championships (Jakarta). Even though the South African team came up across stiff opposition, Jessie handled all issues with a coolness well beyond his years.

In 2017, Jessie also did a stint on Mind Sports South Africa's Management Board.

Not content to sit back, Jessie Joubert (ZAG Academy) remains committed to adding value to MSSA and has volunteered for, and appointed to, MSSA's Selection Committee where he will be able to apply his knowledge of international competition conditions in order to ensure that tthe standard of South African Protea Teams are even further improved upon.

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Meet MSSA's Selection Committee: Johan Uys

Johan Uys proudly wearing  his Protea Colours.
Johan Uys (Tuks Mind Sports) is without a doubt a most accomplished esports athlete.

In 2015, Johan earned his position as coach of the Protea Esports Team that attended IESF's 7th World Championships (Seoul) in 2015. Through Johan's expert guidance South Africa's Premier esports team finished in 12th place overall.

However, the lure of competition once again caught Johan's attention, and in 2016, Johan made it into the team as a player. The team performed well against some very stiff opposition, and at IESF's 8th World Championships (Jakarta) finished in 14th place.

Even though Johan is a highly competitive athlete, Johan is now on the Selection Committee in order to ensure that the highest of standards are maintained in South Africa's Protea Teams.

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Monday, 14 May 2018

DotA 2: Players that qualified at MSSA's Online Esports Provincial Championships.

Who can ever forget the online test match against Namibia?
Mind Sports South Africa's 9th Online Provincial Championships continues to grow from year-to-year in both popularity and quality of play.

It is not, therefore not surprising, that no less than twelve (12) more players qualified or MSSA's National Team Trials (NTT) to be held on 2 & 3 June 2018.


Even though DotA 2 is not being played at IESF's 10th World Championships - Koahsuing City, MSSA willl endeavour to arrange test matches with other National Federations in order to further develop the standard of play in South Africa.

All entries for MSSA's National Team Trials (NTT) to be held on 2 & 3 June 2018 must be entered by the club on its Google Drive page.


Those that qualified at MSSA's 9th Online Provincial Championships for the DotA 2 esports title are:



# Name of player Club Period/title Province
1 Ryno Duvenage Hoërskool Zwartkop DotA 2 Gauteng
2 Cillie van Biljon Hoërskool Zwartkop DotA 2 Gauteng
3 Leon Louw Hoërskool Zwartkop DotA 2 Gauteng
4 Henk Meyer Hoërskool Zwartkop DotA 2 Gauteng
5 SJ Strydom Hoërskool Zwartkop DotA 2 Gauteng
6 Estian Oosthuizen NW Mindsports DotA 2 North West
7 Kobus Nel NW Mindsports DotA 2 North West
8 Nick Culverwell Westville Boys High School DotA 2 Kwazulu Natal
9 Ethan Bush Westville Boys High School DotA 2 Kwazulu Natal
10 Muhammed Dhooma Westville Boys High School DotA 2 Kwazulu Natal
11 Zaid Patel Westville Boys High School DotA 2 Kwazulu Natal
12 James Britz Westville Boys High School DotA 2 Kwazulu Natal

Registered Players that have earned a berth at MSSA's 2018 National Team Trials (NTT) are:

The final lists are:


Tekken: Players that qualified at MSSA's Online Esports Provincial Championships.


Mind Sports South Africa's 9th Online Provincial Championships continues to grow from year-to-year in both popularity and quality of play.

It is not, therefore not surprising, that no less than three (3) more players qualified or MSSA's National Team Trials (NTT) to be held on 2 & 3 June 2018.


All entries must still be entered by the club on its Goggle Drive page.

Those that qualified at MSSA's 9th Online Provincial Championships for the Tekken 7 esports title are:



# Name of player Club Period/title Province
1 Baber Abbass Knights Mindsport Tekken 7 Gauteng
2 Austin (Sphaget) Carlous Cape Town Mind Sports Club Tekken 7 Gauteng
3 Moorcraft Richard Cape Town Mind Sports Club Tekken 7 Western Cape

Registered Players that have earned a berth at MSSA's 2018 National Team Trials (NTT) are:


The final lists are: