JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 30th July 2018, –/ African Press Association (APA),MTN in conjunction with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) transformed the robust Johannesburg Park Station to a yellow terminal as they launched the 2018 MTN8 Wafa Wafa tournament on Monday, 30 July 2018.
The 2018/19 edition of the popular tournament will kick off on Saturday, 11 August 2018 when the defending champions, SuperSport United begin their title defence. MTN8 is contested by clubs that finished inside the top eight bracket during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership (if we don’t want Absa – we can say – ‘league season’ season – all competing for the coveted prize of R8 million.
PSL Chief Executive, Mato Madlala said: “The 2018 edition of the MTN8 is a call to our football supporters to bring passion to the stadiums. Passion is something that has been at the centre of our football even during the darkest days of our journey. The call by our partners MTN will resonate with our enthusiastic supporters of the beautiful game. We are excited to be part of this passion-filled journey that I’m sure will once again create memories for our emotional owners – the fans – in 2018/19 MTN8 competition. We cannot wait for 11 August 2018 when we kick-off the competition.”
In true MTN8 fashion, the teams will not be the only ones winning big. This year, MTN decided to up the ante in its 11th year by reminding football fans and consumers that participating in this year’s MTN8 campaign means standing a chance to win big.
Bring winning closer with Wafa Wafa means that through MTN8 and the popular “Recharge and Win” element, football fans and consumers will stand a chance to win their share in prizes worth R8 million, from weekly prizes of handsets, grocery vouchers, electronic goods to VIP experiences at the MTN8 final.
The popular Last Fan Standing competition is also back and refreshed in 2018 and will see football fans battling it out Wafa Wafa style to stand a chance to win the 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.
“MTN is celebrating 11 years of Wafa Wafa this year and we could not have reached this milestone without your support. It gives us great satisfaction and joy to know that MTN8 has become such a significant tournament in the local football scene,” said Mapula Bodibe, Executive Consumer at MTN SA.
Bodibe added: “As you know the MTN8 has always been about rewarding teams and football fans alike and this year is no different. This year’s campaign is “Bring winning closer with Wafa Wafa” and through this we are demonstrating how easy it is for MTN customers and football fans to win a share in the R8 million in prizes.”
MTN will also be celebrating with individuals that made the MTN8 the premiere tournament that it is through the participation of MTN8 Football Legends, who will be the ambassadors of the tournament and will take part in CSI initiatives, roadshows throughout the country and coaching clinics during the tournament period. The MTN8 Legends for 2018 are as follows:
- Lucky Lekgwathi
- Jabu Mahlangu
- Godfrey Sapula
- Stanton Fredericks
- Fabian McCarthy
The media are also one of the most important stakeholders who keep the MTN8 tournament alive on the different media platforms and MTN has re-introduced the Last Journalist Standing Competition – which follows a similar concept and format as Last Fan Standing, especially for them. Journalists will be rewarded through the weekly Media Online Quiz engagement series. This is MTNs way to thank journalists for their continued support over the past 11 years.
To stand a chance to win their share of R8 million in prizes or become the Last Fan Standing, all fans and MTN customers need to do is to dial *130*8# to opt IN and recharge with a minimum of R10 during the tournament.
MTN8 Prize Money Breakdown for the participating Teams:
- R 8 million MTN8 Champions
- R 800 000 Seven (7) Participating Teams
MTN8 Last Fan Standing Prize Money Breakdown:
- R 8 million in prizes throughout the MTN8 Tournament
- Last Fan Standing to win R1 million; and
- A football experience for them and seven (7) friends/family to a football experience of their choice anywhere in the world
The MTN8 Tournament Dates are as follows:
- 11 – 12 August (Quarter finals)
- 25 – 26 August (Semi-finals 1st leg)
- 01 – 02 September (Semi-finals 2nd leg)
- 29 September (MTN8 Final)
2018 MTN8 Quarterfinals fixtures:
- Sat, 11 August – Mamelodi Sundowns vs. Golden Arrows, Lucas Moripe Stadium, 15:00pm
- Sat, 11 August – Kaizer Chiefs vs. Free State Stars, FNB Stadium, 18:00pm
- Sat, 11 August – Orlando Pirates vs. SuperSport United, Orlando Stadium, 20:30:pm
- Sun, 12 August – Maritzburg United vs. Cape Town City, Harry Gwala Stadium, 15:00pm
Football fans can also connect with the tournament on the following MTN8 digital platforms:
- Tournament Info: URL www.PSL.co.za
- Facebook: Page – MTN South Africa
- Twitter: Handles: @MTN8 / @OfficialPSL – Hashtag: #MTN8
Distributed by African Press Association (APA) on behalf of MTN.
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- Mamello Raborifi: PR Manager, MTN SA; Cell: 083 214 5681/Email: Mamello.Raborifi@mtn.com
- Fhatuwani Mpfuni: Premier Soccer League (PSL); Cell: 076 022 3144/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bontle Tsikwe: PR Account Director – TheGrind PR; Cell: 073 083 4469/Email email@example.com
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