Why is Mamelodi Sundowns not in the EA Sports' Fifa series?

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With Fifa 18 set to be released later this year, Goal looks at why Masandawana deserve to be in the game

The EA Sports Fifa Football game has developed into one of the world’s biggest gaming franchises, and with the release of Fifa 18 set for later this year, fans are eagerly awaiting the newest installment.

The Fifa franchise has been around since the early 90’s and while they have come a long way in terms of securing a staggering amount of club and competition licenses, there is still a long way to go for countries like South Africa.

For PSL fans in particular, the constant overlooking of the domestic league has been a sense of bother, because for a brand as rich as the PSL, not to have a place in the game should raise questions. Nonetheless, EA supplemented the lack of a South African football league with the addition of the two Soweto giants in Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. They have over the past decade cemented themselves as constant fixtures in the game.

However, while ten years ago the Amakhosi and the Buccaneers were the giants of the South African game, the gap has certainly narrowed between themselves and the chasing pack in the PSL.  The likes of SuperSport United, Cape Town City, Mamelodi Sundowns and PSL champions Bidvest Wits have all become household names, signalling a new dawn for the domestic league.

Most recently, Sundowns made their local dominance count as they were declared African champions after winning the 2016 edition of the Caf Champions League and they followed it up by being crowned 2017 Super Cup champions. Surely a victory as substantial as conquering the continent should earn them the right to be added to the game? Also, if it’s a brand that EA are looking for then surely having the profile of one of Africa’s richest football clubs counts for something?

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It should also be noted that Sundowns currently possess two of the best African based footballers in Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango and Zimbabwean talisman Khama Billiat. So, introducing a club of Sundowns stature into the game will also extend the game’s reach.  

In an effort to also find clarity on the matter, Goal contacted Sundowns’ media officer Thulani Thuswa, who confirmed that they have had no communication with EA over a potential place in the game, meaning that playing with the Tshwane giants in the newest edition of the series remains unlikely. Nevertheless, Thuswa stated that Sundowns would take it upon themselves to contact the developers, which could mean that Masandawana fans may not have to wait too long to see their favourite team competing in the virtual world.

While they're at it, perhaps EA Sports will soon add the whole Premier Soccer League to their roster.

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