|Joline Bico, Kyle Turnbull and Bonge Zwane|
The South African team was considerably younger than their Ghanaian counterparts which falls in line with Mind Sports South Africa's policy of developing teams for international competition. Part of MSSA's development programme includes the inclusion of females into the national team in order to eradicate gender bias.
Even the current South African champion, Kyle Turnbull, found that the matches were harder than he suspected. His opponents were shocked at just how good Kyle is. However, Kyle lost his first match, but quickly bounced back to win his second game.
Thus the South African team (all from Witbank) may have lost against Ghana, but as Kwezi Hayford of Ghana eSports Association stated, “ We did not think that the South Africans would be so strong. Already our players are talking about a rematch”.
Thus the SA team may not have had the results that they wanted, but they garnished the respect and friendship of their opponents.