South Africa: Meet 18 Year Old Thabo Moloi, Africa’s First Esports Athlete


Aug. 5, 2020, 3:20 p.m.

Red Bull, the International energy drink company, has signed South African teenager Thabo Moloi as its first esports athlete on the continent.

Thabo Moloi, a South African teenager and an esports athlete has been signed by Red Bull, an international energy drink company.

He is the first esports athlete to be signed on the continent by the company.

At age 16, Moloi aka, “Yvng Savage” participated in his first esports event in 2018, during the VS Gaming FIFA Festival which served as an official FIFA eWorld Cup Global Series Qualifier. He beat 512 players and took home R400 000 as his cash prize.

“Leading up to the VS tournament, I trained with a good friend of mine who is a strong and established FIFA player himself. We would play and I would beat him, but when I started beating him consistently, I decided I was ready to compete”, he said.

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His performance quickly earned him a spot at South African local esports team, Goliath Gaming.

In 2019, he also placed first in the 2019 FIFA eNations Cup South Africa Qualifier.

Currently ranked as the No.1 FIFA player on PlayStation in South Africa, he represented the country and led the eBafana Bafana squad against 23 other countries in the FIFA eNations Stay and Play Cup.

Moloi says he did not own the latest console when he started playing FIFA competitively, thus he had to rely on his savings and his parents' assistance, before he could purchase a second-hand PlayStation 4.

His aim is to be an IT specialist after school, but for now he hopes to become the number 1 FIFA player in the world.

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