As the UEFA Champions League draws to its final stages, sponsor Heineken is giving football fans another reason to look forward to the final between the best teams in Europe. Heineken Foosball tournament is back. Last year, the winners won all-expense paid trips to Amsterdam, the true home of Heineken. This year, the winning team gets a one-week all-expenses paid trip to the colourful island of Ibiza, Spain.
At Casablanca, there wasn’t much fuss about it initially. In the compound, only Heineken banners and a foosball table reminded me that I was in the right place. That was before I saw the sharply-dressed Heineken ushers. At the foosball table, there were groups of people that appeared to be warming up. I asked one of the ushers to fill me in on what was going on and she happily obliged.
To enter the tournament, each player had to buy two Heinekens, and upon buying 4 of them, they’d get one free. A team consists of two people, and they do battle knockout style. They play best of three series, with the first team to reach 10 goals winning that set. There are two pools of teams, and the winners of each pool will represent the bar against the other outlets around the country. So, each bar/outlet will have 2 teams to represent them in the inter-outlet tournament. What was happening at Casablanca that evening was a sort of audition, to find out which teams are good enough. All this will be building up to the final showdown on May 3rd, at which all the teams from the outlets will compete in the final showdown, and two teams will emerge victor. The selected bars are Legends Bar, Zone 7, Panamera bar, Casablanca in Kampala, Bax Bar in Jinja, The Heat Club in Mbarara, O’s Bar in Entebbe and BJ’s in Gulu.
In addition to that, Heineken Uganda will for the next two months carry out a nationwide campaign dubbed Peel and Reveal. Each Heineken bottle will have a sticker. Once a beer is purchased, one can peel off the sticker and win whatever prize is under it. It could be a cap or a keychain, among others.
The foosball games themselves are fun to watch, as teams battle with all the determination you’d have when you know what’s at stake. And there are girls cheering. That seemed to help the mood of both combatants and spectators alike. It’s obvious how foosball has caught on, and it seems more people will jump onto that bandwagon.
The tournament is going on through the month of April at the listed outlets, so you can catch them there on Wednesdays. Maybe you could find yourself in Ibiza in May.