MTN, PSL agree new deal

2012-07-31 13:25

MTN South Africa and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) have renewed their vows for a further three-year period.

The much-anticipated MTN8 will see the top eight teams from last season battle it out for the R8 million prize.

In keeping with the competition rules from the past season’s tournament, the PSL has confirmed that the top four teams from last season have secured home ground advantage in the quarterfinal stages.

The tournament will begin on Friday with defending champions Orlando Pirates hosting Bloemfontein Celtic at Orlando Stadium.

SuperSport United and Free State Stars will lock horns at Peter Mokaba on Saturday. Last season’s finalist Kaizer Chiefs will visit Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld.

Moroka Swallows and AmaZulu will meet at VW Dobsonville on Sunday.

PSL and MTN refused to divulge financial details of the sponsorship.

“It is crisp, competitive and most of all, it is engaging. It is a season’s opener high on talk time. Cup competitions don’t come better than MTN8,” said PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza.

MTN SA’s chief marketing officer, Serame Taukobong, said: “The money issue remains the same as the winners take home R8 million while the other participating teams will get R800 000 as a participation fee.

“As for which games, all the fixtures are good.

After a successful and mutually beneficial partnership over the past four years with the PSL, which has benefited local football and invested in numerous social upliftment projects, among a number of notable achievements, we saw it befitting that we continue to invest in local football development in the country and while connecting fans with their passion for the beautiful game through epic football tales and unique competitions.”

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