Kasi Flava vs The PSL
It’s often been said that nowadays, we are reduced to watching boring football in our local soccer league the PSL and it seems kasi soccer tournaments are filling the entertainment gap left by commercialised, more direct, professional football. Tournaments such as the MAP Games in Alexandra, The Phyllis Games in Tembisa and many more are growing in popularity around the country as our people flock in numbers, choosing amateur football over professional league games, weekend after weekend.
Teams like Soweto All Stars, JT Stars from Alexandra, Rebels from Riverlea and Amandla from Tembisa have enjoyed some good game time playing in these tournaments drawing crowds of up to 30 000 per day. These teams are becoming household names in the dusty streets of ekasi because of their entertaining brand of football. They are free and easy on the ball, encouraging players to express individual skill, while exposing spectators to the kind of kasi flair that is often absent in the PSL. And that’s why some Afropolitans seem to prefer kasi tournaments – they are more entertaining.
But despite its popularity, it remains difficult to get sponsors to back the township game. Where the PSL is a multimillion Rand business, kasi tournaments survive on shoestring financing and sometimes only last for a year or two before they are forced to shutdown due to lack of funding. One exception is the Maimane Alfred Phiri Games which have been running for the past sixteen years. The former Bafana Bafana international says his success is based on simple hard work.