The 2018/19 edition of the popular MTN8 kicked off with quarter-finals this past weekend as some teams were knocked out of the tournament, Wafa Wafa style, and as defending champions, SuperSport United cemented the start of their title defence.
The MTN8 semi-final draw set up some exciting clashes where SuperSport United will be taking on Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City will take on Mamelodi Sundowns on the weekend of 25/26 August 2018, at venues yet to be announced.
MTN in partnership with MTN8 Football Legends and ambassadors, David Modise (Bloemfontein based football legend), Lucky Lekgwathi (former Orlando Pirates captain) and Fabian McCarthy (former Bloemfontein Celtics defender), will embark on coaching clinics and roadshows in the Free State province from Thursday, 16 August until Saturday, 18 August 2018.
At the coaching clinic taking place on Friday, 17 August 2018 at Thari Ya Tshepe Primary School in Botshabelo, these football greats will interact with the learners and give them tips of how to be great on the football field. A football kit will also be donated to the school to ensure that the learners continue to practice their skills, even after the legends have left.
On Saturday, the football legends will engage with football fans at the taxi rank near Reahola shopping centre in Botshabelo, demonstrating that MTN8 is for every football fan, including fans whose teams are not in the tournament. Fans are encouraged to come in numbers to the activation because through the MTN8 Last Fan Standing (LFS) competition, instant prizes such as handsets, grocery vouchers, appliances that include electronic goods, MTN merchandise to VIP experiences at the MTN8 Final.
“MTN will “bring winning closer with Wafa Wafa” and spread the MTN8 love to Free State-based football fans and MTN consumers alike. MTN8 Legends will this week engage with football fans and thank them for being part of the MTN8 family,” said Mapula Bodibe, Executive Consumer at MTN SA.
Free State is one of the areas where the MTN8 games are not taking place but football fans in this province will still have the opportunity to interact with their favourite legends and be a part of the tournament. Football Legends such as Stanton Fredericks, Thabo September, Fabian McCarthy and Jabu Mahlangu already interacted with fans in Tshwane in the week of the quarter finals at Atlyn Shopping Centre in Atteridgeville.
“MTN through sport is always looking for new ways to plough back into the communities where MTN8 games are played and this year, we are complementing the coaching clinics and soccer kit donations by launching the Goals for Charity campaign,” said Bodibe.
Through this initiative, each goal scored during the MTN8 2018 tournament will qualify for a donation from MTN and the PSL as follows:
R 10 000 for each goal scored in the Quarter Finals
R 50 000 for each goal scored in the Semi Finals
R 100 000 per goal scored in the Finals
All qualifying goals are limited to regulation time, and exclude penalties scored post 120 minutes. Accumulatively, all contributions against goals will form part of a sum to be contributed to various charities that will be determined by MTN and PSL. In true MTN8 fashion, the teams will not be the only ones winning big.
In 2018, football fans and MTN customers don’t have to be aboMafey’va Zonke to stand a chance to win their share of R8 million in prizes weekly. All fans need to do is opt-in: *130*8#. Recharge with R10 or more and stand a chance to win their share of R8 million in prizes.
The popular LFS competition will see football fans battling it out Wafa Wafa style to stand a chance to BE THE FAN and win the ultimate LFS grand prize of R1 million and a trip to watch any football match, anywhere in the world with seven (7) of their friends or family.
“MTN8 has always been about rewarding teams and football fans alike and this year is no different. With this year’s campaign – “Bring winning closer with Wafa Wafa” – we are demonstrating that football fans across the country will continue to stand a chance to win big in the LFS competition throughout the tournament, whether their favourite top eight (8) teams have been knocked out of the tournament or not,” said Bodibe.
MTN has re-introduced the Last Journalist Standing Competition – which follows a similar concept and format as Last Fan Standing. Journalists will be rewarded through the weekly Media Online Quiz engagement series. This is MTN’s way to thank journalists for their continued support over the past 11 years.
Fans are encouraged to buy tickets to MTN8 matches from TicketPro, Edgars, CNA, Jet and PostNet outlets, these will continue to vary between R40 and R60. MTN will give-away 500MB data FREE to MTN subscribers in stadium at all tournament matches, these will be loaded automatically to all customers at half-time and be valid for two (2) days.