There has been controversy surrounding the latest installment of the popular video game FIFA. EA Sports, the creators of FIFA 23, have chosen to exclude the reigning DStv Premiership champions, as well as two other prominent South African clubs, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, from the game. This decision has drawn criticism from fans and players alike.
The exclusion is particularly disappointing for Mamelodi Sundowns, who had some of the highest-rated players in South Africa on FIFA 23. Standout players such as Themba Zwane and Ronwen Williams had earned solid ratings, showcasing their talent on the virtual field. It is worth noting that Sundowns currently have ten players in Hugo Broos’ squad, all of whom could have enjoyed increased ratings had they been included in the game.
Looking at the ratings themselves, Ronwen Williams boasted a rating of 73, while Themba Zwane had a rating of 75. Aubrey Modiba also had a respectable rating of 71. These players represented the best-rated individuals from both the Bafana and Sundowns players currently in the Ivory Coast. The remaining players in the squad had ratings ranging from 60 to 70 overall, with Grant Kekana and Mothobi Mvala both having a rating of 67. Khuliso Mudau and Teboho Mokoena rounded out the group with a rating of 70 overall.
It should be noted that Terrence Mashego and Thapelo Maseko were not part of the Sundowns roster at the time FIFA 23 was released. As a result, they do not have any ratings in the game as their previous clubs are not included.
Overall, the omission of the reigning DStv Premiership champions, as well as other notable South African clubs, from FIFA 23 has caused disappointment and frustration among fans and players. Many believe that the inclusion of these teams and players would have added to the authenticity and enjoyment of the game.