'Champions': a thrilling new telenovela set in the high-stakes world of soccer

Passion, power, perseverance and triumph — DStv's latest drama series has all the right ingredients to excite and grip audiences. Don't miss the premiere on Mzansi Magic on February 5

30 January 2024 - 08:30
Kgomotso Christopher, Jo-Anne Reyneke and Tumisho Masha star as members of the Modise family, who are at the heart of the drama in the new telenovela 'Champions'.
Image: DStv Kgomotso Christopher, Jo-Anne Reyneke and Tumisho Masha star as members of the Modise family, who are at the heart of the drama in the new telenovela 'Champions'.

Get ready for a brand-new story of passion, power, perseverance and triumph set in the high-stakes soccer world: Champions premieres on Mzansi Magic this February.

This thrilling telenovela has been skilfully crafted by Tshedza Pictures, the production house behind hit shows such as The River, Outlaws, Adulting and Gqeberha: The Empire, so you know it's going to be brilliant.

Champions sees Jo-Anne Reyneke star as Sne Modise, daughter of the owner the Soshanguve Giants F.C. When sudden changes in her father's life throw her into a series of challenges, she becomes a symbol of resilience and ambition in a male-dominated soccer empire. 

While battling the intense drama, punctuated by love and betrayal, Sne is determined to challenge gender norms and lead the Soshanguve Giants F.C. to success. But the question remains: can this underdog come out on top in an arena where the rules of the game are constantly changing?

Along with Reyneke, the A-list cast of Champions features a mix of familiar faces and breakout stars:

  • Sello Maake kaNcube (The Queen) as Washington Modise

    A former player-turned-entrepreneur, Washington breathed life into his own football team Soshanguve Giants FC, steering it with a mix of shrewd business sense and a deep love for the game. Father to Sne, his story is a compelling mix of ambition, challenges and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

  • Kgomotso Christopher (Legacy) as Lucinda Modise

    Wife to Washington, Lucinda's story is one of quiet strength, enduring support and the influential role of a partner in the whirlwind world of success and power.

  • Tumisho Masha (Saints and Sinners, Isibaya) as Philemon Modise

    Long overshadowed by his brother Washington, Philemon feels the world has yet to acknowledge his true worth. His narrative is one of greed, sibling rivalry and the relentless pursuit of personal acclaim.

  • Kwenzo Ngcobo (The Wife) as Zipho

    A titan in the world of talent management, Zipho's story is about navigating the intricate web of professional success and personal integrity in an industry where both are constantly tested.

  • Thembinkosi Mthembu (Shaka iLembe, Adulting) as Ferrari

    Once the crown jewel of South African football, Ferrari now stands at a crossroads where his illustrious career faces the threat of dimming.

  • Thato Dithebe (Kokota) as Lebo Serite

    Lebo's aspirations to conquer the grand football stadiums and lift his family out of poverty are fuelled by a potent mix of talent, charisma and determination.

Champions uniquely embodies the spirit of SA: it's a celebration of ambition, positivity and the resilience of our people,” says executive producer Phathutshedzo Makwarela. “Tshedza Pictures is thrilled to collaborate again with Mzansi Magic, and we eagerly anticipate the moment our viewers will join us on this incredible journey.”

Don't miss the premiere of Champions on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) on February 5 at 7pm; catch fresh episodes daily, from Monday to Friday.

This article was sponsored by DStv.