Wednesday, 22 September 2021

South African National Squads for esports are announced.

Johan van Breda (ZAG Academy) once again serves as MSSA's Manager for esports.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) being the oldest national federation (having been founded in 1985) for esports in the world first selected a team to officially represent South Africa at the 2005 World Cyber Games (WCG). The team did very well with Logan Brook-Shields walking away with a second place in the mobile gaming category.

Ever since 2005, MSSA has selected a national team to officially represent South Africa each year.

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic posed a number of significant problems during 2020 and 2021, MSSA remained at the forefront of delivery to its members by continuing to host Derby, Regional, Provincial, and National Championships. Such championships all lead up to the National Team Trials at which the national squads are selected. 

Regrettably MSSA was not able to selct squads for all the esports titles for which it caters due to the unwillingness of some athletes to meet all of MSSA's rules and the governments requirements apropos COVID-19 regulations.

Nevertheless, MSSA has now selected its National Squads from which MSSA shall select its official Protea Teams.

Until an athlete is awarded Protea Colours for playing in an international test or international championship, all athletes are awarded the next highest award, being National Federation Colours.

The athletes who have been selected to be in MSSA's National squad for the 2021/2022 squad are:

Period/esports titleNameClub
Clash Royale
Liam MoodleyNorthCliff High School
John KimAzure Enigmas
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Jessie Joubert (Captain)ZAG Academy
Simon ZandstraZAG Academy
Thomas VenablesZAG Academy
Joshua ChapmanZAG Academy
Armand van der ColfZAG Academy
HearthStoneAidan VorsterZAG Academy
Jonathan BrownTeam PlayBell
Mhlengi NkosiNWU Vaal
PES 2021
Riezwaan HakimPES Society
Thando SiyengoPES Society
ManagerJohan van BredaZAG Academy

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