FAS ● Apr 28, 2021
Two players called up to represent Singapore on the global virtual stage
SINGAPORE, 28 APRIL 2021 – Amraan Gani and Muhammad Syakir have been called up to represent Singapore in the FIFA eNations series 2021, an international esports tournament that is part of a global initiative between EA SPORTS, the global leader in digital interactive entertainment, and FIFA. The tournament will see representatives from a total of 60 participating nations pit their skills against each other in the popular video game FIFA21.
The world’s biggest national team competition involving FIFA21 has seen a 200 percent increase from the previous instalment in 2020. All teams will be competing in five regional online qualifiers: Asia & Oceania, Middle East and Africa, Europe, South America and North & Central America.
The Asia & Oceania zone will feature 10 participating nations split into two groups. Singapore has been drawn into Group B, together with China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and South Korea, whereas Group A comprises Australia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines. All qualifying games from this zone will take place from 29 April to 1 May.
The competition format for the group stages will be a 1v1 played out in a single round robin. Each team will play against each other once on the Sony Playstation 4 platform and another time on the Microsoft Xbox. The top two teams from each group will then progress to the knockout stage where the winners of one group will take on the runners up from the other group.
The top 24 teams to emerge from the five regional online qualifiers will then pit against each other to vie for the ultimate FIFA eNations Cup that will take place from 20 to 22 August in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Singapore’s two representatives, Amraan Gani and Muhammad Syakir, were selected based on their FIFAe Global Series ranking, with the former currently ranked ninth while the latter is ranked eleventh in the East Asia Zone out of a total of 139 competitive players in the East Asia Zone.
The schedule for the group stage matches can be found in the table below and all games will be streamed “live” on the Football Association of Singapore’s Facebook page.
FIFA eNations Online Qualifiers 2021
|Date and Time||Match|
|Thursday 29 April, 2 PM||South Korea vs Singapore|
|Thursday 29 April, 3 PM||Singapore vs China|
|Friday 30 April, 1 PM||Singapore vs Indonesia|
|Friday 30 April, 2 PM||Singapore vs Hong Kong|
In the event Singapore finish in the top two, they will proceed to the knockout stage on Saturday, 1 May and face one of the top two from Group A.
Amraan, a professional eSports player from Team Flash, has played FIFA since the 2012 edition and spends a weekly average of 15 to 20 hours honing his skills.
“I am really proud to represent Singapore in this tournament and it is an amazing opportunity for us to bring glory to Singapore. My goal will be to do well in the group stage to qualify for the FIFA eNations Cup in Denmark,” the 27-year-old said.
Syakir, who averages 10 to 15 hours of practice a week, started playing video games when he was just five years old. His interest in the game spiked after placing fourth in the Campus Gamefest tournament in 2015, and subsequently turned pro.
“It is a huge opportunity for me to be representing Singapore. So far I’ve always been playing the game for myself, but now that I have been given the chance to represent my own country, I’m definitely going to do my absolute best for it. As a kid, my dream was to play football for Singapore, but that dream was hindered by the injuries I suffered over the years so I guess representing them in the virtual arena is the next best thing,” said the 25-year-old.
“This year, the Singaporeans have been doing well in the FIFA Global Series tournaments and Singapore is finally starting to get noticed in the East Asia region. We definitely stand a good chance and my ultimate goal is to qualify for the FIFA eNations Cup in Denmark in August. Hopefully we can make Singapore proud!
The pair are looking forward to showcasing their skills on an international platform and are quietly confident about qualifying for the knockout stage.
“Since last year’s participation in the StayAndPlay Cup, I have been working hard to improve in the game and have been practising more,” Amraan said. “With Syakir as my teammate, I am confident that we will do well in the qualifiers and progress to the next round.”
Jonathan Wong, Director of Commercial and Marketing at the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), echoed their sentiments and said, “With the increasing popularity and success of eSports globally, we would like to build upon the efforts of our involvement in the StayandPlay Cup and eSPL last year and establish a strong foundation in this arena. We will support our players in their pursuit for international glory in eSports as we believe that it has the potential to be the future of sports, and we are committed to helping our players put in their best performances.”