THE Untouchables will represent Kia South Africa in the forthcoming Kia Champ into the Arena global finals.
This after the KwaZulu-Natal based side emerged South Africa’s overall winners of the competition, beating Johannesburg Locals First Team 4-2 in the final match of this Five-a-side national championships played at the Italian Sports Club in Bedfordview, Jozi last Sunday to book their ticket to the global finals scheduled for June 27 in Warsaw, Poland.
The Untouchable follow in the foot-steps of the Soweto-based side, Scorpions who represented the country during last year’s global finals which were held in Argentina.
The tournament has only been open to amateur players and has been highly successful after more than a month of competition.
Teams from around the country took part in the national finals on Sunday after provincial qualifiers. From the Western Cape there was Guess Who, Mamba Five FC and Galacticos FC, who were joined by The Untouchables, Durban Classic and Leopards from KwaZulu-Natal.
The Gauteng qualifiers produced First Team, Black Ice and Six Pack for the national finals, making it a highly-competitive field of nine teams.
Gauteng’s Black Ice beat Durban Classic 2-0 in the third-place play-off to claim the bronze medal.
2012 Kia Champ into the Arena ambassador Andre Arendse says the best team won on the day, but adds that all the sides who took part this year should be incredibly proud.
“The standard of five-a-side football was outstanding from all the teams this year and it was a real battle to the winners’ medals. But The Untouchables proved themselves to be exactly that and they are worthy winners and can now go forward and represent Kia South Africa with pride,” Arendse says.
“There was some fantastic football played in all the qualifiers and I think this tournament has been a real boost in helping to develop and identify new talent. It has given these sides a platform to showcase their talent Kia should be congratulated for hosting such an event. We now wish The Untouchables all the best in the global finals in Poland.”
The global finals of the Kia Champ into the Arena tournament will consist of 15 teams from around the world. The Untouchables will spend four days in Poland, taking in the finals tournament, European Championship semifinal and a also the sights and sounds of one of Europe’s most historic cities.
Five-a-side football, also known as Futsal, is a growing phenomenon in South Africa and there are popular amateur leagues in all the major centres around the country.