Football Flava off to Russia to represent SA in world finals


Football Flava to spice up the Kia Champ into the Arena world final in Russia during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June following its crowning as national amateur 5-a-side soccer tournament champions.

The tournament final was held at the Discovery Soccer Park in Illovo after a closely contested local final on 7 May, and local soccer team Football Flava will be representing Kia Motors South Africa in the world finals.

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The regional tournaments were launched in Johannesburg on 9 April, with teams KSF and Dudu’s 5 making it through to the finals. Durban Boyz and Joburg’s Football Flava, who decided to compete in Durban, were the two teams which reached the finals held on 23 April at Stella Action Soccer Arena in Glenwood. The remaining two teams joining these four teams at the national finals was decided on 29 April at Hellenic Greek Club in Sea Point, Cape Town with winners Just Our Style and Kalusta FC making it through.

The national finals at the Discovery Soccer Park were closely contested with several matches drawing goalless at the end of an intensely fought 20 minutes one way.

The final, though, saw the Johannesburg team Dudu’s 5 challenge Durban winners Football Flava for the coveted title. An action-packed 20 minutes saw Football Flava slot two goals past Dudu’s 5, resulting in the team taking the win.

“The Kia Champ into the Arena amateur 5-a-side football tournament remains a highlight on the South African football calendar,” said David Sieff, marketing director for Kia Motors South Africa.

Read: Play your way to Russia in the KIA Champ into the Arena amateur 5-a-side soccer tournament

The team will depart for Sochi, Russia, at the end of June and in the run-up to the world finals, they will benefit from a one-on-one coaching session from the Kia Champ into the Arena ambassador and Bidvest Wits coach, Gavin Hunt.

Details: Christo Valentyn at

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