On Saturday 8 July, fans packed the Soweto Cricket Oval in Gauteng for the national finals of the 2017 Smirnoff Raga Bolo Championship. Over and above coming to see which of the top 14 tavern teams from around Mzansi would walk away with the R150,000 grand prize, they turned up to get down to the hottest House, Hip Hop and Kwaito beats, supplied by some of the country’s best artists.
The fast-moving five-a-side street soccer tournament final was dominated by KwaZulu-Natal, with Yayas Tavern from Pietermaritzburg taking home the winner’s title and Cibane Eating House from Umlazi scoring the R50,000 second-place prize.
Making Bloemfontein proud was Lerako, a player from Sehlono Inn, who won the Golden Boot award for being the top goalscorer of the day. Making the matches especially exciting was the presence of professional scouts from Kemi Sports who came to check out the talent.
The event was lit with fans putting their foosball and PlayStation talents to the test, watching tricksters show off their skills and capturing memories in the photo booth. Best of all, the entrance was free, because, with Smirnoff, everyone’s Invited.