World Cup beckons for football fans

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Mohalenyane Phakela and Mikia Kalati

LOCAL footballers and supporters have until the end of this month to enter the #CastleAfrica5s competition where they stand a chance to fly to Russia to watch the FIFA World Cup live in June this year.

Dubbed #CastleAfrica5s, this second edition was launched on Friday by Castle Africa alongside Maluti Mountain Brewery at the latter’s offices in Maseru.

Teams of six amateur players, will battle it out to represent the country in the regional showdown in Zambia while two supporters who will be selected via a scratch and win competition will accompany the team.

Castle Africa started the campaign last year and it drew participation from Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa which was the host country.

Each country has a football legend for an ambassador and former Likuena captain, Lehlohonolo Seema has been selected as Lesotho’s ambassador for the second year running.

Seema is joined by other regional legends such as Tinashe Nengomasha (Zimbabwe), Siza Dlamini (Swaziland) and Christopher Katongo (Zambia) who assume the responsibility of mentoring and guiding the teams from their respective nations.

Seema said in April, he would work closely with Maluti Mountain Brewery to host the matches until month end.

“We will activate the competition in different parts of the country where community teams will play each other and the winner will then move to the next stage,” Seema said.

“The second stage would be the regionals where community winners will clash and from there we will be left with two teams which will play the finals in Maseru.

“I also want to travel to Russia so I will play for our team in Zambia.”

Cameroonian star, Samuel Eto’o, has been selected as the global Castle Brand Ambassador for 2018.

The 2018 edition will be staged in Zambia from 24 to 28 April where national winners will compete for the trip to Russia. The two supporters who will travel to Zambia also stand a chance of accompanying the team to Russia if they win the regional tournament.

Also speaking at the launch, Castle Lager Africa Brand Manager, Thomas Lawrence, said they intend to give Castle Larger consumers a memorable experience while promoting football at the lower levels as well as to foster friendship.

“Since we stand for friendship, the idea is to unite Africans through this tournament which is a growing sport globally.

“We called on Seema as Lesotho’s legend. Eto’o is also passionate about promoting football at community level hence he came on board as the global ambassador. He will be the host of the team that will fly to Russia and I hope Lesotho wins. ”

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