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Mind Sports South Africa student team Eaports South Africa returned safely from Russia on Monday 19th September 2022.
While some critics expressed their opinion that South Africa should not have sent a team to Russia, the MSSA board felt that this was an important championship to compete in because Team Esports South Africa could gain valuable international experience.
Admittedly, facing the powerful CSGO and DotA 2 teams of Serbia, Russia and Khazakstan, Team Esports South Africa was initially overwhelmed, but the character and resilience of the South African team was such that the members of the team improved their games in subsequent matches.
CSGO Team Captain Simon Zandstra said of the experience, “It was a very good experience all round. Overall, everyone found it difficult to get to grips with the international game as the standard is much higher than what you find in South Africa.
DotA 2 Team Captain Suhail Khan said of the experience, “It was an enriching experience. It was the first time that a number of our players had taken part in a first-class international event. The hotel, the hosts (Russian Esports Federation – ReSF), the championships and the other players were absolutely amazing. Sebastian added: “The event has helped the whole South African team to grow and develop. This event will long be remembered as a turning point in terms of improving the level of South African esports”.
Colin Webster, MSSA President, said: “The team has done South Africa proud. All members of the team are a credit to the country and I am sure all will grow in stature, experience and skill over time.