Sunday, March 3, 2024

Samuel Eto’o heading to Lusaka this weekend for Castle 5’s Finals


Former Cameroon national team striker Samuel Eto’o is heading to Lusaka ahead of the continental final of the Castle 2018 Africa 5s five-a-side football tournament this weekend.
The four-time winner of the African Footballer of the Year award arrives in the country for the six-nation five-a-side contest to be hosted in Zambia for the first time.
Eto’o’s appearance at the tournament is set to further boost the confidence of the competing teams, and excite fans, with the emerging victors scheduled for a trip to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia which starts next month.
The 36-year-old former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea star, who has also played in three World Cup tournaments, is an inspirational figure for up-and-coming African players.
As one of the world’s leading footballers, Eto’o won 14 major trophies, including the prestigious UEFA Champions League on three occasions, twice with Barcelona and once with Inter Milan.
Zambian football legend Chris Katongo, who is an African Cup of Nations winner as well as a recipient of the 2012 BBC’s African Footballer of the Year award, and now a Castle five-a-side ambassador, will also be present at the tournament.
Representing Zambia in the continental finals, to be played at the Futsal Sports Complex in Longacres, Lusaka, between May 25-28, are the Stout One, who after beating the Young Madalas 5-2 over the weekend in the regionals, will meet their southern central African counterparts from South Africa, Lesotho, Tanzania, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
Castle Lager has sponsored football on the African continent for more than 60 years and continues to provide fans with the opportunity to live out their passion for the beautiful game through this unique and exciting five-a-side tournament.
The Castle Africa 5s competition is aimed at giving more amateur players a chance at making it in football and is open to both male and female players.
The popularity of five-a-side football, a variation of association football in which each team fields five players, has grown considerably in recent years and is now played by millions across the globe. The tournament is the first of its kind and is set to become a hub of where friendships will be created, nurtured and cemented on the football field.
Zambian Breweries country director Jose Moran said: “We are really looking forward to the finals and getting everybody who loves the game of football together. This is what Castle Lager is about: celebrating the coming together of friends, only now, these friends are coming from different parts of the continent to meet on the Castle 5s field.
“We expect a lot of competition, given the winning prize, but we hope this also means that we get to experience some of the most exciting and memorable moments in the tournament to date even as we continue to make a mark on the continent through the beautiful game.”
Zambian Breweries continues its goal of bringing people together for a better world by supporting a series of music, cultural and sporting events.


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