The second leg of the MTN 8 Wafa Wafa Cup semi-finals will determine which team will compete in the final, as none of the four clubs would come from an advantageous position.
This follows after the first leg of the MTN 8 semifinals saw ties when the defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates played to a scoreless draw at Orlando Stadium on October 1.
This was followed by a 1-1 draw between Amazulu and Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium, on October 2.
The semi-final results upset the predictions of many football fans, including football legends such as former Wits University, AGF Aarhus (Denmark), Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, Swallows and Bafana Bafana player Josta Dladla.
And former Jomo Cosmos, SuperSport United Kaizer Chiefs Stellenbosch and Sekhukhune FC player, Morgan Gould.
The pair visited Kathorus Mail at Alberton’s office to share details about MTN 8’s campaign ahead of the first leg of the semi-finals on September 26.
Dladla, who is associated with the Orlando Pirates, said that as ambassadors they represent all the teams, however, he predicted that his team will reach the final.
“Fingers crossed that Pirates win so I can win the last standing legend award to dedicate to the charity of my choice,” said Dladla.
Altered that Chiefs and Amazulu is difficult because the two teams drew 0 – 0 in their last league game.
“I thought the Chiefs were going to have problems, but they impressed me. We need the Chiefs in the final and they have to beat Amazulu. I know it’s a two-legged affair. But we need those goals because they are goals for charity, as you know R20,000 goes to charity, so Kaizer Chiefs have to score more goals against Amazulu.”
Gould said Sundowns are more likely to succeed in the finals because the team is well-oiled and supported by two coaches and an assistant coach.
“Sundowns have an advantage. I am in a team with them and my prediction is that they will go through to the final. In the first match, they may be beaten 2-1, but in the second leg they will come back with a 3-1 win.”
The results of the first leg did not give fans a sense of relief going into the second leg as the competition is still level and without the added goal advantage due to draws.
Based on the club’s performances in their last five games, the Sundowns league won five games and lost one. He scored 15 goals and conceded five. Pirates won three, drew one and lost one and scored six and conceded three.
While the Chiefs won two, drew two and lost one, they scored seven and conceded nine, leaving them with a minus two goal difference. Amazulu also won three and lost two games. They scored and conceded eight goals.
According to MTN SA Senior Manager of Sponsorship and Events Bongani Ntshingila, football fans and MTN customers have the opportunity to win by participating in interesting football contests, match predictor on MTN channel 8 ayoba, as well like some soccer-related content on MTN FC.
He said that MTN has R8m in prize money up for grabs. Dial *144 *8# to subscribe, buy a pack or top up with R10 or more for a chance to win a share of R8m in prizes, including the last fan standing.
“The Ultimate MTN 8 Fan is the best mtn8 fan who will walk away with R1m cash prize at the end of the tournament. Fans can participate even if their favorite club has been eliminated from the competition,” said Ntshingila.
“Fans and customers are encouraged to download the Ayoba app, participate in score predictions on match days, and also participate in Trivia8, as this could increase their chances of winning.”
Ntshingila said that MTN will pledge R20,000 per goal scored in regulation time during the tournament and all proceeds will be donated to charity after the tournament.
He further said that through MTN8’s legacy program, this year MTN will donate dream bags, consisting of soccer kits, to schools to help budding soccer players in communities.
“The legends will also be part of the latest permanent legends initiative that will see them fight, Wafa Wafa style, for the grand prize that will be reinvested in the communities.”
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