|Sthembile Ubisi © PSL
One Fan, One Million, One Trip – the story of jubilation for one Sthembile Ubisi from Tembisa, Gauteng resident pockets R1 million and an overseas tour to see 8 top football derbies in the world.
Sthembile Ubisi was crowned the 2012 MTN8 Last Fan Standing (LFS) on Saturday night after outwitting his seven counterparts in a football trivia quiz that decided who walked away with R1 million in cash and a trip to Spain to watch the El Clasico during the 2012/13 season – all part of the MTN8 Last Fan Standing competition.
“MTN8 is about the fans, the passion and love for the beautiful game,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA. “MTN congratulates Sthembile Ubisi on becoming this season’s Last Fan Standing and looks forward to hosting him on what should be an unforgettable trip to Spain for the El Clasico derby.”
MTN8 has gained popularity with the Last Fan Standing (LFS) competition, a franchise within the tournament that has become a feature landscape for South African football fans during the tournament.
The Last Fan Standing, in its inception in 2010, saw Thulani Ngcobo win the ultimate prize to watch all 38 Fifa World Cup matches in South Africa and set a new Guinness World Record in the process, for the most World Cup matches attended by a football fan. The 2010 LFS winner, Malose Kutumela, then won an eight-day all expenses paid trip to watch Manchester United in Europe. Kutumela also had the backstage privilege of watching the Red Devils train and had the opportunity to mingle with the players one-on-one. Last year, Tumoetsile Mogomotsi, won a once-in-lifetime trip to watch 8 football derbies around the world.
“I’m lost for words, I’m happy beyond my imagination. Thank you to MTN for granting me the opportunity of a lifetime.” Said Ubisi
The journey to the Ubisi triumph began when he opted-in to enter the MTN Last Fan Standing competition by dialling *186*8# and then recharging with a R10 MTN voucher. Ubisi was part August was part of the eight finalists that were randomly drawn each week from 8th August until 16 September. The finalists then participated in a football trivia quiz on the eve of the 2012 MTN8 Final to determine the winner.
“In line with the theme of MTN8 Wafa Wafa, it is all about winner-takes-all,” notes Serame. “However, the seven finalists who did not become the next Last Fan Standing each received R80 000 as part of being one of the finalists.”
Taukobong says “MTN extends a special thank you to all the supporters that came in large numbers to watch the matches and support the MTN8 tournament this season including the throngs of fans that entered the MTN8 Last Fan Standing competition. We look forward to yet another breathtaking Wafa Wafa tournament in 2013 where will continue connecting people with their passions through the beautiful game,” concluded Taukobong.