Female fans pocket R64 000


Four of the best-dressed women were honoured 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,, MTN’S chief marketing officer Larry Annetts says.

MTN female representatives, who attended the four exciting quarterfinal matches, chose the winners at the four stadiums this past weekend.

On Friday, Mpho Mofutsanyana was on hand to receive the coveted prize and take home R16000 with R8000 going to a charity of her choice at Bidvest Stadium, where Wits beat Bloemfontein Celtic 4-3 on penalties.

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 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.”

At the evening match also on Saturday 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, 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.” 

Annetts adds: “The Female Fan of the Match competition will continue during the upcoming semi-finals of MTN8 that will be played in August and MTN SA would like to call on more passionate female supporters to come to the stadiums in large showing their passion for football by wearing spectacular fan regalia.”