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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

@SmirnoffSA Raga Bolo: Opening Doors for #SA Rising Soccer Talent

Hi  Guys,

At the end of last year, Smirnoff Raga Bolo Championship ended on a high note as a player from the 2016 winning team, got to showcase his skills for the development team of Kaizer Chiefs. 

With the aim of bringing soccer legends and avid fans together through a five-a-side street soccer tournament, Raga Bolo gives taverns across the country the chance to rep their kasi and show off their skills. 

Not only was Nkanyiso Mcanyana from Umlazi named the season’s Most Valuable Player after his performance playing for Maqando Fudu Tavern, the Raga Bolo 2016 Champions, but his talent was also spotted by soccer legend Stanton Fredericks, one of the Smirnoff Raga Bolo Kings. Stanton and Rago Bolo joined forces to give Nkanyiso the opportunity to fly to Johannesburg and showcase his skills for Kaizer Chiefs – the team that Stanton, the former midfielder, played for from 2001 to 2004. 

“Being able to have given Nkanyiso this opportunity has been a dream come true for us. We want to give our squads every opportunity to experience the beautiful game – and give rising talent the chance to progress even further. What better way to do this, than by enabling them to demonstrate their skills in front of our country’s top soccer stars,” says Kyle Lesch, Marketing Manager for Smirnoff. 
@SmirnoffSA Raga Bolo #RepYourKasi
He continues: “We hope that this year’s Smirnoff Raga Bolo Championships will open even more doors for players to excel and that they will be inspired by Nkanyiso’s prowess on the soccer field.”

Nkanyiso’s advice for other players that are wanting to take part in tournaments like these, is to work hard and never give up until they have achieved their goals. He adds: “Being part of the winning team was an amazing experience. Raga Bolo gave us many opportunities, including being motivated by the Kings.” 

The 2017 Smirnoff Raga Bolo Championships will be kicking off in March. 

Check with your local tavern owner to find out whether they are eligible for the Raga Bolo Championship and support your team by buying Smirnoff products. 

Follow the 1818 Clubhouse Facebook page to get in on the action and find out about events in your area. For more information about Smirnoff Raga Bolo sign up to

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