BRICS Six-A-Side Friendly Soccer Tournament
BRICS Embassies unites global citizens in Football Tournament
SABC’s Ikwekwezi FM merged with BRICS Embassies to host a soccer tournament that was held in Hatfield, Pretoria on Friday the 1st of June 2018. The tournament was aimed at bringing people of different nations together by means of playing soccer against representatives of the BRICS countries in preparation for the World Cup that will be taking place in Russia, starting on the 14th of June to the 15th of July 2018.
The tournament was made up of 6 teams. Each team had 5 rounds to play against another. The teams were arranged as follows: In the first round, SABC was playing against Brazil, India against Russia and SAFA against China. In the second round Brazil was playing against China, Russia against SAFA and SABC against India. In the third round Russia was playing against China, SABC against SAFA and India against Brazil. In the fourth round SAFA was playing against India, China against SABC and Brazil against Russia, and in the fifth round, China was playing against India, SAFA against Brazil and Russia against SABC.
At the end of the tournament, SAFA is the team that played the best against the rest of the teams, scoring 12 points and winning the FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA 2018 soccer ball. The purpose of this tournament was not based upon competition, but reuniting people around the globe and reinforcing their bonds, which is what BRICS is all about. It brings together 42% of the world’s population and consolidates its 5 major countries which share the same vision of the future for their people, and extend a helping hand to each other.
Soccer is a global sport that has broken barriers that have been binding us. It encourages global citizens to look beyond the colour of the skin, racial issues and discrimination. It creates friendship, minimizes boarders and can also be used as a vehicle to learn a thing or two from one another, and therefore unite us as one.
“Football is one of the world’s best means of communication. It is impartial, apolitical and universal. Football unites people around the world every day, young or old, players or fans, rich or poor. The game makes everyone equal, stirs the imagination, makes people happy and makes them sad”. Franz Beckenbauer.