Lagos, Nigeria – Having launched as Castle Africa 5s in 2018, Africa’s Premier Social Football League makes an impactful return for the third successive year. Since the launch of this unique social league, the continental five-a-side football showpiece has extended its reach in an effort to cultivate friendship bonds beyond borders. As of 2019, the campaign has been renamed to Africa Fives, as it is more inclusive, which is seen with the collaboration of seven ABinBev brands from across Africa.
In 2018 the campaign launched with six countries mainly from the Southern parts of Africa: South Africa, Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and east African country, Tanzania. Last year, saw a major step-up with the addition of three more countries in Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda. In addition to widening the leagues footprint into other countries, as a brand rooted in inclusivity and social belonging, a women’s division was introduced to the League.
The 2020 edition is set to make an even bigger impact across the continent as the tournament will be extended from 8 to 16 countries in both the men and women’s division. Furthermore, the vibrant cross-continent tournament will be opened to amateur and professional players.
Castle Lager Brand Director, Kudzi Mathabire shared her excitement for the campaign’s refresh which will see Castle Lager partner with six other ABinBev beer brands, “Each year we aim to take this league to greater heights by expanding our footprint across the African continent. To effectively reach this footprint, we need a greater understanding of how each country operates and what better way to do so than partnering with brands that have that knowledge. Although the experience will be the same across the board, we acknowledge that each country has their own unique way of operating and we celebrate the melting pot of cultures coming together through a sport that we all love – football.” added Mathabire at the campaign media launch event in Lagos, Nigeria.
Trophy will manage the Nigerian leg of the tournament, while Castle Lager will manage six of the countries in Lesotho, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Carling Black Label will manage Botswana and Namibia along with Dourada (Mozambique), Safari (Tanzania), Nile (Uganda), Club (Ghana) will each manage a single country. The entries from Cameroon, Senegal and Ivory Coast will be handled by the tournament’s activations agency.
|Botswana||Carling Black Label||
|Mauritius||Castle Free||2 March – 25 April|
|South Africa||Castle Lager||15 Feb – 31 March|
|Swaziland||Castle Lager||1 March – 25 April|
|Uganda||Nile Special||1 March – 25 April|
|Zambia||Carling Black Label||1 March – 25 April|
|Zimbabwe||Castle Lager||1 March – 25 April|