PSL 2020/21 campaign set for blockbuster start with MTN8 bonanza

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SuperSport United players celebrates during the MTN 8 final match between Highlands Park and SuperSport United at Orlando Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
SuperSport United players celebrates during the MTN 8 final match between Highlands Park and SuperSport United at Orlando Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Lefty Shivambu

This season's 2020/2021 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign is set for a blockbuster start with the launch of the 2020 MTN8 tournament on Monday, as the top eight league finishers take their marks at an assault at the R8 million prize.

This year's MTN8 campaign promises to enhance fans' experience by encouraging them to remake 2020 with the spirit of Wafa Wafa by participating in the tournament engagement activities to stand a chance to win a share of the R8 Million worth of prizes.

The tournament kicks off on Saturday when defending champions, SuperSport United, welcome the newest addition to the Premiership, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), for a spot in the semi-finals to move a step closer to the grand prize.

From the teams that will be competing in this year's tournament, Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United have all lifted the title previously on more than one occasion.

As Cape Town City won their maiden title in 2018.

Mamelodi Sundowns, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), Bloemfontein Celtics and Maritzburg United will all be aiming to taste the MTN8 champagne having never lifted the prized cup.

To help football fans create new memories while remembering the moments that make this tournament exciting, MTN is bringing back some engagement elements where fans remain an integral part of the tournament.

Through the popular "Recharge and Win" competition, football fans and consumers will again this year stand a chance to win their share in prizes worth R8 million. To participate in this competition, all people need to do is to opt-into the competition by dialling [*144*8#] and recharge with R10 or more to be in the running for the life-changing R1 million grand prize.

Through digital engagement, a new addition to this year's campaign elements, fans and customers are encouraged to download the ayoba app to engage with us on exciting digital content for the duration of the tournament.

For this year's Goals for Charity initiative MTN and the PSL will donate R20 000 per goal scored in regulated time during the tournament.

This amount which was increased from R10 000 which was paid per goal last year and will be donated to a charity selected by MTN and the winning team.

The Last Journalist Standing Competition is also making a return into the 2020 edition. Journalists will be rewarded through a weekly media online quiz, as they too are an integral part of the tournament.

"We are celebrating 13 years of Wafa Wafa this year and we could not have reached this milestone without the support of the leadership of the PSL, the participating teams, MTN8 fans, our customers and the media. It gives us great joy to know that the MTN8 has become such a significant tournament in the local football scene. This partnership is the demonstration of our commitment to the advancement of local football.

"With this year's campaign we show the lovers of the beautiful game, that we understand that they have been deprived of showing their on-site support to their favourite teams, however, through use of technology will ensure our passionate support is felt throughout all the MTN8 matches.
This year we are encouraging MTN8 die-hard fans and our customers to reclaim the spirit of Wafa Wafa - the winner takes it all!

"The fans are vital to football, they are the 12th players of their teams and without their passion and support the MTN8 tournament would not be what it is today," said Nomsa Mazibuko, GM Brand & Communications at MTN SA.

MTN8 quarter-final fixtures:

Saturday, 17 October

TTM v SuperSport United - 15:00

Orlando Pirates v Cape Town City - 18:00

Sunday, 18 October

Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United - 15:00

Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic - 18:00

- Compiled by Baden Gillion

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