Vibrant colours, football passion and amazing support and goals galore were the order of the opening round of the MTN8 this past weekend, with female fans pulling out all the stops with spectacular and carefully coordinated outfits as the 2014 edition of Wafa Wafa kicked off simultaneously as Women’s Month.
Four of the best-dressed women were honored by MTN as part of the innovative Female Fan of the Match competition. The chosen ladies dressed in remarkable fan regalia won R16 000 each, half of which they will share with a charity organisation of their choice that caters for women and children.
“The MTN8 Female Fan of the Match competition celebrates women’s support for football in the spirit of Women’s Month of August while making a difference in the communities we operate in; and we are very pleased with the effort the ladies made during the quarterfinal matches this past weekend and we look forward to seeing more and more ladies dazzling us with their unique creations in the matches to come,” added Larry Annetts, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA.
MTN female representatives, who attended the four exciting quarterfinal matches, chose the winners at the four stadiums this past weekend.
Friday, 1st August, saw Mpho Mofutsanyana, clinch the coveted prize and take home R16000 with R8000 going to a charity of her choice at the Bidvest Stadium. The third-year Wits University student who resides in Parktown is a die-hard Bidvest Wits fan and always coordinates her match outfit with the team’s strip.
“I still cannot believe I won this competition, thanks to MTN for spotting me at the match, although I have not decided on a charity, I am busy researching a suitable one.”
On Saturday, 2 August 2014, MTN awarded Sophla Kgopa at the Mamelodi Sundowns vs Platinum Stars game at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria. The Mamelodi resident is a Sundowns supporter through and through and made it a point that she wears a unique outfit for her side’s first official game of the new season. “Everytime I go to the stadium I try to look different because I love my team and love being behind them at the stadium”. Remarking of her feelings upon realizing that she had won the prize, Sophla added that “I was so excited to be chosen as the best dressed female out of all the females at the stadium and realized that going out and supporting your team is the way to go,” said Sophla who is still deciding on what to do with her prize.
At the evening match also on Saturday, 2nd August between Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United at the Orlando Stadium, Virginia Dimmock beat off strong competition from other uniquely dressed ladies to be crowned the Female Fan of the Match. An ardent “ghost” supporter, Dimmock was dressed in her team’s colours literally from head to toe, including a red beret. An Orlando Pirates flag around her lower body, which she waved passionately throughout the match as her club clinched a semi-final berth, finished off her outfit.
At the last quarterfinal match of the weekend at the FNB Stadium on Sunday, 3 August, ardent Mpumalanga Black Aces supporter Mable Pule stood head and shoulders above the other elegantly dressed ladies and scooped the prize. Her IsiZulu traditional-inspired regalia comprising of her team’s colours was hard to miss and she was a worthy winner.
“This is one of the most incredible things to ever happen to me, I never thought I would win such a big prize for supporting my team,” shouted Mable.
Having travelled all the way from Witbank to Johannesburg to support her side, Pule will at least have something to smile about as the game result went against her team.
“I am so filled with emotion right now and I will use my winnings very wisely, that’s for sure,” concluded a very jubilant Pule.