The second stage of the eLaLiga Santander Fan Cup, the official amateur EA SPORTS FIFA 21 tournament organised internationally by LaLiga and Electronic Arts, has concluded with amazing results and two Africans making it to the grand finals.
From 21, 000 entrance in the first phase to only 40 games taking each other one in the regional finals during January up until March only 8 regional winners emerged, and they will now get drafted into the grand final which is set to take place in May 2021.
The African regional finals – which saw gamers from Egypt and South African competing against their countrymen – took place on 20 – 21 February and South African eGamer Masoom Fakie emerged the ultimate winner. Joining him as Africa’s representative is Egyptian Faragallah el Marakshy.
“We are very ecstatic that international fans had the chance to experience this glamorous tournament, especially the African market. As a LaLiga representative in Africa but specifically in South Africa we are more than happy for Masoom who will be representing the country. We hope he will do his best and come back with the title of the eLaLiga Santander Fan Cup champions.” – Marcos Pelegrin, LaLiga South Africa Managing Director
LaLiga has been very wary of the current pandemic and wary of player safety hence all the regional competitions were held online to ensure player safety and ensure all the winners are able to make it to the exciting Grand Final in Spain.
South African winner Masoom Fakhi elaborated on his excitement of winning the regional competition and reaching the Grand Final, “I’m so happy and excited I cannot put it into words especially after such a tough game. We went into penalties and my heart was racing, but in the end, I managed to keep my calm and get the victory.”
On the opposition and how he was able to edge past one of South Africa’s top-ranked gamers Masoom said, “Kaylan is the best, and he is the number 1 ranked player in South Africa at the moment and for him to change his tactics for me in the final, I feel honoured. As a competitor you always want to be the best at what you do, and I will continue working hard, I will not stop training and trying to improve my game and hopefully become as good as Kaylan and surely number one in the near future.”
On 8 May, depending on the pandemic’s evolution in Spain, the eight finalists advancing from the regional finals will face off in the Grand Final in Madrid, where they will compete for a prize of €10,000 (Over R180,000) as well as enjoying the eLaLiga VIP Experience.
“I hope I will give a good account of myself; I will practice hard leading up to the event as well as watch more games in order to see what I can improve and learn from them and represent in a good way.” Added Masoom, FIFA player for Bravado Gaming
The unparalleled competition event will feature all the matches streamed on the official eLaLiga channels on Twitch in order to bring the action to the screens of fans the world over.
The final will be held in conjunction with the Grand Final of the Spanish professional competition, eLaLiga Santander, which will take place on the same weekend at the same venue. As a result, the players of eLaLiga Santander, made up of professional players from Spain, and the players of the first edition of the eLaLiga Santander Fan Cup - designed to be an introduction to the competitive world - will rub shoulders during this spectacle organised by LaLiga and Electronic Arts.