IESF banners proudly displayed at Fakkel School

From left are: Alasdair Donaldson (VexxedPhoenix), Charlize Seremak (HTS Sasolburg), and Khahliso Malape (Fakkel School of Skills) at the match that took place at Fakkel School on June 23.

SASOLBURG. – Fakkel School of Skills is fast earning a reputation of being one of the strongest e-sports schools in South Africa.

Since the inception of the e-sports club at the school, the club has grown in size, regularly participates in a number of provincial championships and has taken provincial titles in the Free State, Gauteng, North West, KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga.

The club too boasts of having Protea Team members in both 2017 and 2018.

Through the efforts of the club, the Free State saw the first ever e-sports international online test match being hosted by Fakkel School of Skills in the Free State on June 23, when Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) held its 15th Free State Provincial Championships for the FIFA ‘18 esports title here.

Even though Khahliso Malape (Fakkel School of Skills) was going to play in the Protea E-sports Team in the test match against Namibia in the afternoon, Khahliso entered the Free State Championships as a warm-up.

However, the real star of the show was Aphiwe Mbata (HTS Sasolburg) who played his heart out, and won four out of the five rounds that he played. The only game that he lost was to Khahliso Malape in the first round of the championships.

Nevertheless, Aphiwe is determined to win the SA School Championships to be hosted by Fakkel School of Skills on July 28 and 29 in order to establish himself as the man to beat.

Aphiwe has also now qualified for MSSA’s 2019 National Team Trials, and has made his intentions quite clear as to his Protea Team aspirations.

Fakkel School is the first school in the Free State to host the South African National School Championships on July 28 and 29 July.

Colin Webster, General Secretary of MSSA , says it is at the Mind Sport South African National School Championships that learners shall be able to earn the much coveted SA National High School Colours.

To assist all member clubs, Fakkel School of Skills shall be providing very affordable accommodation.

Anyone interested in taking advantage of the accommodation arrangements is welcome to contact Cobus van der Wath via e-mail at fakkelsos@gmail.com before July 21.

Aphiwe Mbata (HTS Sasolburg) is now ranked third in the country.

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