Last weekend KFC held their annual Football Beat at the Botswana Youth Centre grounds.
Since the launch at the beginning of last month, boys and girls aged between 10 and 14 years old had visited KFC Airport Junction, KFC Rail Park Mall and KFC Game City for a go at X-Box Kinetic gaming consoles to test their skills in penalty shoot-outs in 60 seconds.
After more than 300 kids tried their luck to qualify, 16 teams of boys and girls were picked after simply visiting participating KFC outlets, purchased any item on the menu, filled in the entry forms and tested out their skills on an X-Box Kinect gaming console.
“While the event is meant for the children to have fun, KFC said The platform had been created which presents a great opportunity for talented players to be identified, given the presence of BFA in the event.
Sixteen coaches consisting of community members, who were sourced by KFC coached the kids.
“We’ve planned for KFC Football beat to be an annual event. Again the purpose is to provide a platform where children can have fun while engaging in football.
“As a family restaurant brand, we are pleased to be creating events where kids can have fun and make new friends while getting involved in fun activities.
Football Beat will bring communities together and have youngsters playing the world’s most famous sport while enjoying the world’s most famous chicken meals,” said a KFC spokesperson.
“We would like to encourage all families to visit their nearest participating KFC branches and register their eligible children in this fun event.”
The spokesperson further stated that the involvement of BFA, who are the custodians of football in the country, was a natural fit to guide in making the event successful. “We will definitely engage BFA year on year to improve the 5 aside football tournament.”
The coaches were excited about the talent they worked with but wished there was a way to get the kids together to develop the talent.
One of the coaches, Captain of the ladies national team as well as Double Action captain, Bonang Bebeto Otlhagile said there was a lot of talent that could be the future of football and the national team.
“It’s a pity that from here the talented kids will go back to where they came from and we will not have a chance to have them in one place to nurture their talent,” said Otlhagile.
Winners of under 13 -14 category were Bakwena FC, while Twisters FC won the girls under 13-14 category.
Champions of the under 10-12 were Wolf Rangers and Cosmic Stars, who won the boys and girls categories respectively.
Sixteen teams of boys and girls who simply visited a participating KFC outlet, purchased any item on the menu, filled in the entry forms and tested out their skills on an X-Box Kinect gaming console